Glutton for punishment



Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row—she’s a glutton for punishment. This expression originated as a glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later.

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  • Gluttonize

    [gluht-n-ahyz] /ˈglʌt nˌaɪz/ Archaic. verb (used without object), gluttonized, gluttonizing. 1. to eat like a . verb (used with object), gluttonized, gluttonizing. 2. to feast on.

  • Gluttonous

    [gluht-n-uh s] /ˈglʌt n əs/ adjective 1. tending to eat and drink excessively; voracious. 2. greedy; insatiable. adj. mid-14c.; see glutton + -ous. Related: Gluttonously.



  • Gluttonously

    [gluht-n-uh s] /ˈglʌt n əs/ adjective 1. tending to eat and drink excessively; voracious. 2. greedy; insatiable. adj. mid-14c.; see glutton + -ous. Related: Gluttonously.

  • Gluttony

    [gluht-n-ee] /ˈglʌt n i/ noun 1. excessive eating and drinking. /ˈɡlʌtənɪ/ noun 1. the act or practice of eating to excess n. c.1200, glutunie, from Old French glutonie, from gluton “glutton” (see glutton). Gluttonry recorded from late 12c.



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