- 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 gargles
He practised all sorts of amiable deceptions upon his patients,—making them take medicine in salad and gargles in beer.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries
Adults may use washes, gargles, or sprays of solutions of sodium borate or of sodium bicarbonate.
The medico was called in, who prescribed bleeding and gargles and removal from the confined air of the prison.A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2,
Henry Charles Lea
Some remedies may be applied directly to the throat by gargles, and to the nose and throat by sprays.
As a rule the gargles do not aid in the cure of the disease, though they contribute to the comfort of the patient.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- 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 and History for gargles
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