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  1. a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.
  2. a small canyon.
  3. a gluttonous meal.
  4. something that is swallowed; contents of the stomach.
  5. an obstructing mass: an ice gorge.
  6. the seam formed at the point where the lapel meets the collar of a jacket or coat.
  7. Fortification. the rear entrance or part of a bastion or similar outwork.
  8. Also called gorge hook. a primitive type of fishhook consisting of a piece of stone or bone with sharpened ends and a hole or groove in the center for fastening a line.
  9. the throat; gullet.
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verb (used with object), gorged, gorg·ing.
  1. to stuff with food (usually used reflexively or passively): He gorged himself. They were gorged.
  2. to swallow, especially greedily.
  3. to choke up (usually used passively).
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verb (used without object), gorged, gorg·ing.
  1. to eat greedily.
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  1. make one's gorge rise, to evoke violent anger or strong disgust: The cruelty of war made his gorge rise.
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Origin of gorge1

1325–75; (v.) Middle English < Old French gorger, derivative of gorge throat < Vulgar Latin *gorga, akin to Latin gurguliō gullet, throat, gurges whirlpool, eddy
Related formsgorge·a·ble, adjectivegorg·ed·ly [gawr-jid-lee] /ˈgɔr dʒɪd li/, adverbgorg·er, noun


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1. defile, ravine, notch, gap. 10. glut, cram, fill. 11. devour. 11, 13. bolt, gulp, gobble.


noun Heraldry.
  1. gurge(def 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for gorge


  1. a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs
  2. the contents of the stomach
  3. feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)
  4. an obstructing massan ice gorge
  5. fortifications
    1. a narrow rear entrance to a work
    2. the narrow part of a bastion or outwork
  6. archaic the throat or gullet
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verb Also: engorge
  1. (intr) falconry (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full
  2. to swallow (food) ravenously
  3. (tr) to stuff (oneself) with food
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Derived Formsgorgeable, adjectivegorger, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French gorger to stuff, from gorge throat, from Late Latin gurga, modification of Latin gurges whirlpool
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Word Origin and History for gorge


mid-14c., "throat," from Old French gorge "throat, bosom," from Late Latin gurges "gullet, throat, jaws," of uncertain origin, probably related to Latin gurgulio "gullet, windpipe," from PIE *gwere- "to swallow." Transferred sense of "deep, narrow valley" was in Old French.

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"eat greedily," c.1300, from Old French gorger, from gorge (see gorge (n.)). Related: Gorged; gorging.

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gorge in Science


  1. A deep, narrow valley with steep rocky sides, often with a stream flowing through it. Gorges are smaller and narrower than canyons and are often a part of a canyon.
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