gurgle

[ 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.

noun

the act or noise of gurgling.

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Origin of gurgle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM gurgle

gur·gling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gurgle

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

noun

the act or sound of gurgling

Derived forms of gurgle

gurgling, adjective

Word Origin for gurgle

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