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 gorging

Contemporary Examples of gorging

Historical Examples of gorging

  • They've been just gorging chickens this last year—nasty beasts!

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • The moment there were a few sous in the house they went in gorging.


    Emile Zola

  • Education was largely a process of gorging the memory with information.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

  • Sunday was a day for gorging in this primitive land, while summer lasted.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • That depends, dear boy, on whether we are frugal, or go on banqueting and gorging.

    To Win or to Die

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for gorging



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 gorging



"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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gorging 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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