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verb (used without object), gur·gled, gur·gling.
  1. to flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current: The water gurgled from the bottle.
  2. 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.
  1. to utter or express with a gurgling sound: The baby gurgled its delight.
  1. the act or noise of gurgling.

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

Synonyms for gurgle

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Related Words for gurgle

slosh, babble, lap, crow, wash, splash, ripple, bubble, plash, purl

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Historical Examples of gurgle

  • He listened but heard only the gurgle of the Vulcan's wake and the creak of her plates.

  • The yell died away to a gurgle, pinched short by the Winslow fingers.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The gurgle of a half-frozen waterfall came from the distant Ghyll.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • It was only to lick his thick lips and gurgle 233 noisily in his fat throat.

  • It ended suddenly on its highest note with a choke and a gurgle.

British Dictionary definitions for gurgle


verb (intr)
  1. (of liquids, esp of rivers, streams, etc) to make low bubbling noises when flowing
  2. to utter low throaty bubbling noises, esp as a sign of contentmentthe baby gurgled with delight
  1. 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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