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.

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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH glutton

gluten, glutton

Definition for glutton (2 of 2)

glutton2
[ gluht-n ]
/ ˈglʌt n /

noun

the wolverine, Gulo gulo, of Europe.

Origin of glutton

2
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)

glutton1
/ (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 forms of glutton

gluttonous, 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)

glutton2
/ (ˈɡlʌtən) /

noun

another name for wolverine

Word Origin for glutton

C17: from glutton 1, apparently translating German Vielfrass great eater
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