[ gawrj ]
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  1. a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.

  2. a small canyon.

  1. a gluttonous meal.

  2. something that is swallowed; contents of the stomach.

  3. an obstructing mass: an ice gorge.

  4. the seam formed at the point where the lapel meets the collar of a jacket or coat.

  5. Fortification. the rear entrance or part of a bastion or similar outwork.

  6. 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.

  7. the throat; gullet.

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.

  1. to choke up (usually used passively).

verb (used without object),gorged, gorg·ing.
  1. to eat greedily.

Idioms about gorge

  1. make one's gorge rise, to evoke violent anger or strong disgust: The cruelty of war made his gorge rise.

Origin of gorge

First recorded in 1325–75; (verb) Middle English, from Old French gorger, derivative of gorge “throat,” from unattested Vulgar Latin gorga, akin to Latin gurguliō “gullet, throat,” gurges “whirlpool, eddy”

Other words for gorge

Other words from gorge

  • gorge·a·ble, adjective
  • gorg·ed·ly [gawr-jid-lee], /ˈgɔr dʒɪd li/, adverb
  • gorg·er, noun

Other definitions for gorge (2 of 2)

[ gawrj ]


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How to use gorge in a sentence

  • In the rocky gorges of the ocean we may often trace a strange permanent impersonation of shipwreck.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • One of the gorges of the Chokh range was the scene of a strange episode during the Armenian massacres of 1896.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram

British Dictionary definitions for gorge


/ (ɡɔːdʒ) /

  1. a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs

  2. the contents of the stomach

  1. feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)

  2. an obstructing mass: an ice gorge

  3. fortifications

    • a narrow rear entrance to a work

    • the narrow part of a bastion or outwork

  4. archaic the throat or gullet

verbAlso: engorge
  1. (intr) falconry (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full

  2. to swallow (food) ravenously

  1. (tr) to stuff (oneself) with food

Origin of gorge

C14: from Old French gorger to stuff, from gorge throat, from Late Latin gurga, modification of Latin gurges whirlpool

Derived forms of gorge

  • gorgeable, adjective
  • gorger, noun

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Scientific definitions for gorge


[ gôrj ]

  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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