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Origin of engorge

From the Middle French word engorger, dating back to 1505–15. See en-1, gorge1
Related formsen·gorge·ment, noun
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Related Words for engorges

glut, englut, gobble, down, stuff, wolf, ingurgitate, overeat, guzzle, overindulge, gorge

British Dictionary definitions for engorges


verb (tr)
  1. pathol to congest with blood
  2. to eat (food) ravenously or greedily
  3. to gorge (oneself); glut; satiate
Derived Formsengorgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for engorges



1510s, from French engorger "to obstruct, block, congest," Old French engorgier "to swallow, devour," from en- (see en- (1)) + gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorging.

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engorges in Medicine


  1. To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.
Related formsen•gorgement n.
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