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gobble1

[gob-uh l]
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verb (used with object), gob·bled, gob·bling.
  1. to swallow or eat hastily or hungrily in large pieces; gulp.
  2. to seize upon eagerly (often followed by up): After being gone for so long, they gobbled up all the local news.
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verb (used without object), gob·bled, gob·bling.
  1. to eat hastily.
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Origin of gobble1

1595–1605; probably imitative; see gob1, -le

Synonyms

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1. bolt, devour.
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British Dictionary definitions for gobble up

gobble1

verb
  1. (when tr, often foll by up) to eat or swallow (food) hastily and in large mouthfuls
  2. (tr often foll by up) informal to snatch
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Word Origin

C17: probably from gob 1

gobble2

noun
  1. the loud rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys
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interjection
  1. an imitation of this sound
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verb
  1. (intr) (of a turkey) to make this sound
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Word Origin

C17: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gobble up

gobble

v.1

"eat greedily," c.1600, probably partly echoic, partly frequentative of gob, via gobben "drink something greedily." Related: Gobbled; gobbling.

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gobble

v.2

"make a turkey noise," 1670s, probably imitative, perhaps influenced by gobble (1) or gargle. As a noun from 1781.

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