- 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).
- to utter or express with a gurgling sound: The baby gurgled its delight.
- the act or noise of gurgling.
Origin of gurgle
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Examples from the Web for gurgle
He listened but heard only the gurgle of the Vulcan's wake and the creak of her plates.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The yell died away to a gurgle, pinched short by the Winslow fingers.Shavings
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.Once to Every Man
It ended suddenly on its highest note with a choke and a gurgle.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (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
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.