verb (used with object), gorged, gorg·ing.

verb (used without object), gorged, gorg·ing.

to eat greedily.


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

Origin of gorge

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

Synonyms for gorge

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



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Examples from the Web for gorges

Contemporary Examples of gorges

Historical Examples of gorges

  • St. nimie is not once mentioned, and nothing is said about the gorges of the Tarn.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • All about me are grand views, for the clouds are playing again in the gorges.

  • He was, no doubt, at present in the gorges beyond the forests of the Mambava.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • The rest forsook the mules and took to the gorges, where the horses could not follow them.


    Prosper Merimee

  • Upon this Gorges pushed Raleigh's boat away, and bid him hasten home.


    Edmund Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for gorges



a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs
the contents of the stomach
feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)
an obstructing massan ice gorge
  1. a narrow rear entrance to a work
  2. the narrow part of a bastion or outwork
archaic the throat or gullet

verb Also: engorge

(intr) falconry (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full
to swallow (food) ravenously
(tr) to stuff (oneself) with food
Derived Formsgorgeable, adjectivegorger, noun

Word Origin for gorge

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 gorges



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



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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gorges in Science



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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