- 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.
- to eat hastily.
Origin of gobble1
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1. bolt, devour.
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- (when tr, often foll by up) to eat or swallow (food) hastily and in large mouthfuls
- (tr often foll by up) informal to snatch
C17: probably from gob 1
- the loud rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys
- an imitation of this sound
- (intr) (of a turkey) to make this sound
C17: probably of imitative origin
Word Origin and History for gobble up
"eat greedily," c.1600, probably partly echoic, partly frequentative of gob, via gobben "drink something greedily." Related: Gobbled; gobbling.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper