verb (used without object), gar·gled, gar·gling.
verb (used with object), gar·gled, gar·gling.
Origin of gargle
Examples from the Web for gargles
Historical Examples of 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.)
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.).