gobble

1
[ gob-uhl ]
/ ˈgɒb əl /

verb (used with object), gob·bled, gob·bling.

to swallow or eat hastily or hungrily in large pieces; gulp.
to seize upon eagerly (often followed by up): After being gone for so long, they gobbled up all the local news.

verb (used without object), gob·bled, gob·bling.

to eat hastily.

Origin of gobble

1
1595–1605; probably imitative; see gob1, -le
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British Dictionary definitions for gobble up (1 of 2)

gobble

1
/ (ˈɡɒbəl) /

verb

(when tr, often foll by up) to eat or swallow (food) hastily and in large mouthfuls
(tr often foll by up) informal to snatch

Word Origin for gobble

C17: probably from gob 1

British Dictionary definitions for gobble up (2 of 2)

gobble

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/ (ˈɡɒbəl) /

noun

the loud rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys

interjection

an imitation of this sound

verb

(intr) (of a turkey) to make this sound

Word Origin for gobble

C17: probably of imitative origin
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