verb (used with or without object), guz·zled, guz·zling.

to drink, or sometimes eat, greedily, frequently, or plentifully: They spent the whole night guzzling beer.


South Midland and Southern U.S. gozzle.

Origin of guzzle

First recorded in 1570–80; origin uncertain
Related formsguz·zler, nounun·guz·zled, adjective

Synonyms for guzzle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guzzler

Historical Examples of guzzler

  • They found him abstinent, and they made him a guzzler of firewater.

    The Colonial Cavalier

    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • They found him abstinent, and they made him a guzzler of fire water.

    Americana Ebrietatis

    Hewson L. Peeke

  • Between the lip of the pot and that of the guzzler there is often a viper, and you will find me there!

  • Directly under his eyes, carved on the wooden table, a name challenged him, standing out of the numerous initials—Guzzler Wilkins.

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

  • But I'm no' a guzzler, an' I dinna gang in wi' thae loons flingin' aboot guid money.'

    Black Rock

    Ralph Connor

British Dictionary definitions for guzzler



  1. a person or thing that guzzles
  2. (in combination)a gas-guzzler



to consume (food or drink) excessively or greedily

Word Origin for guzzle

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for guzzler

1704, agent noun from guzzle (v.).



1570s, probably related to Old French gosillier "to go down the gullet; to vomit, chatter, talk," from gosier (13c.) "jaws, throat, gullet." Or imitative of the sound of drinking greedily. Related: Guzzled; guzzling. As a noun from 1590s.

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