- a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.
- a small canyon.
- a gluttonous meal.
- something that is swallowed; contents of the stomach.
- an obstructing mass: an ice gorge.
- the seam formed at the point where the lapel meets the collar of a jacket or coat.
- Fortification. the rear entrance or part of a bastion or similar outwork.
- Also called gorge hook. a primitive type of fishhook consisting of a piece of stone or bone with sharpened ends and a hole or groove in the center for fastening a line.
- the throat; gullet.
- to stuff with food (usually used reflexively or passively): He gorged himself. They were gorged.
- to swallow, especially greedily.
- to choke up (usually used passively).
- to eat greedily.
- make one's gorge rise, to evoke violent anger or strong disgust: The cruelty of war made his gorge rise.
Origin of gorge1
Synonyms for gorge
- a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs
- the contents of the stomach
- feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)
- an obstructing massan ice gorge
- a narrow rear entrance to a work
- the narrow part of a bastion or outwork
- archaic the throat or gullet
- (intr) falconry (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full
- to swallow (food) ravenously
- (tr) to stuff (oneself) with food
Word Origin for gorge
"eat greedily," c.1300, from Old French gorger, from gorge (see gorge (n.)). Related: Gorged; gorging.
mid-14c., "throat," from Old French gorge "throat, bosom," from Late Latin gurges "gullet, throat, jaws," of uncertain origin, probably related to Latin gurgulio "gullet, windpipe," from PIE *gwere- "to swallow." Transferred sense of "deep, narrow valley" was in Old French.
- A deep, narrow valley with steep rocky sides, often with a stream flowing through it. Gorges are smaller and narrower than canyons and are often a part of a canyon.