- to wash or rinse the throat or mouth with a liquid held in the throat and kept in motion by a stream of air from the lungs.
- to gargle (the throat or mouth).
- to utter with a gargling sound.
- any liquid used for gargling.
- a gargling sound.
Origin of gargle
Examples from the Web for gargle
Contemporary Examples of gargle
In Kavala Graha, you use a smaller amount of oil, swish between the teeth, and gargle at the back of the throat.
Thousands of people are posting videos on YouTube while they gargle and swirl oil in their mouths.
Historical Examples of gargle
"And gargle all his 'r's,'" added the other, very earnestly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This is not the time, however, when the lesson 'how to gargle' can be learnt.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
He should be taught to gargle, and to regard the physician as one of his best friends.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
The temperature of the gargle should be about 70°-75° Fahrenheit.
Listerine diluted in water and used as a gargle is also good.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
- to rinse (the mouth and throat) with a liquid, esp a medicinal fluid by slowly breathing out through the liquid
- to utter (words, sounds, etc) with the throaty bubbling noise of gargling
- the liquid used for gargling
- the sound produced by gargling
- British informal an alcoholic drinkwhat was her favourite gargle?
Word Origin for gargle
1520s, from Middle French gargouiller "to gurgle, bubble" (14c.), from Old French gargole "throat, waterspout," perhaps from garg-, imitative of throat sounds, + *goule, dialect word for "mouth," from Latin gula "throat." Related: Gargled; gargling. The earlier, native, form of the word was Middle English gargarize (early 15c.).
1650s, from gargle (v.).
- To force exhaled air through a liquid held in the back of the mouth, with the head tilted back, in order to cleanse or medicate the mouth or throat.
- A medicated fluid used for gargling.throatwash