[ gur-guhl ]
/ ˈgɜr gəl /

verb (used without object), gur·gled, gur·gling.

to flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current: The water gurgled from the bottle.
to make a sound as of water doing this (often used of birds or of human beings).

verb (used with object), gur·gled, gur·gling.

to utter or express with a gurgling sound: The baby gurgled its delight.


the act or noise of gurgling.

Nearby words

  1. gurdjieff, george ivanovich,
  2. gurdwara,
  3. gurge,
  4. gurges,
  5. gurgitation,
  6. gurglet,
  7. gurgling rale,
  8. gurindji,
  9. gurjun,
  10. gurkha

Origin of gurgle

1555–65; compare Dutch, Middle Low German gorgelen, German gurgeln to gargle; akin to Latin gurguliō throat

Related formsgur·gling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gurgle


/ (ˈɡɜːɡəl) /

verb (intr)

(of liquids, esp of rivers, streams, etc) to make low bubbling noises when flowing
to utter low throaty bubbling noises, esp as a sign of contentmentthe baby gurgled with delight


the act or sound of gurgling
Derived Formsgurgling, adjective

Word Origin for gurgle

C16: perhaps from Vulgar Latin gurgulāre, from Latin gurguliō gullet

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Word Origin and History for gurgle



early 15c., medical term for "gurgling heard in the abdomen," a native, echoic formation, or ultimately from Latin gurguliare, perhaps via Dutch, German gurgeln. Extended (non-anatomical) use, in reference to water over stones, etc., is first recorded 1713. "This phenomenon of long specialized use before becoming a part of the general vocabulary is often found in English" [Barnhart]. Related: Gurgled; gurgling. As a noun from early 15c.

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