glutton

1
[ gluht-n ]
/ ˈglʌt n /

noun

a person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
a person with a remarkably great desire or capacity for something: a glutton for work; a glutton for punishment.

Origin of glutton

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1175–1225; Middle English glutun < Old French glouton < Latin gluttōn- (stem of gluttō), variant of glūtō glutton, akin to glūtīre to gulp down
Can be confusedgluten glutton

Definition for glutton (2 of 2)

glutton

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[ gluht-n ]
/ ˈglʌt n /

noun

the wolverine, Gulo gulo, of Europe.

Origin of glutton

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1665–75; translation of German Vielfrass, equivalent to viel much + frass eating, derivative of fressen (of animals) to eat
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British Dictionary definitions for glutton (1 of 2)

glutton

1
/ (ˈɡlʌtən) /

noun

a person devoted to eating and drinking to excess; greedy person
often ironic a person who has or appears to have a voracious appetite for somethinga glutton for punishment
Derived Formsgluttonous, adjectivegluttonously, adverb

Word Origin for glutton

C13: from Old French glouton, from Latin glutto, from gluttīre to swallow

British Dictionary definitions for glutton (2 of 2)

glutton

2
/ (ˈɡlʌtən) /

noun

another name for wolverine

Word Origin for glutton

C17: from glutton 1, apparently translating German Vielfrass great eater
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Word Origin and History for glutton

glutton


n.

early 13c., from Old French gluton (Modern French glouton), from Latin gluttonem (nominative glutto) "overeater," formed from gluttire "to swallow," from gula "throat," from PIE *gwele- (see glut (v.)).

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