[ gahr-guhl ]
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verb (used without object),gar·gled, gar·gling.
  1. 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.

verb (used with object),gar·gled, gar·gling.
  1. to gargle (the throat or mouth).

  2. to utter with a gargling sound.

  1. any liquid used for gargling.

  2. a gargling sound.

Origin of gargle

1520–30; <Middle French gargouiller to gargle, rattle the throat, derivative of gargouille throat; perhaps imitative

Other words from gargle

  • gargler, noun

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How to use gargle in a sentence

  • Being non-poisonous, good for a gargle as well as for external use, it is superior to many other antiseptic washes.

    Pluck on the Long Trail | Edwin L. Sabin
  • We always have to gargle with salt water, at home, when we have sore throats.

British Dictionary definitions for gargle


/ (ˈɡɑːɡəl) /

  1. to rinse (the mouth and throat) with a liquid, esp a medicinal fluid by slowly breathing out through the liquid

  2. to utter (words, sounds, etc) with the throaty bubbling noise of gargling

  1. the liquid used for gargling

  2. the sound produced by gargling

  1. British informal an alcoholic drink: what was her favourite gargle?

Origin of gargle

C16: from Old French gargouiller to gargle, make a gurgling sound, from gargouille throat, perhaps of imitative origin

Derived forms of gargle

  • gargler, noun

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