Gobble



[gob-uh l] /ˈgɒb əl/

verb (used with object), gobbled, gobbling.
1.
to swallow or eat hastily or hungrily in large pieces; gulp.
2.
to seize upon eagerly (often followed by up):
After being gone for so long, they gobbled up all the local news.
verb (used without object), gobbled, gobbling.
3.
to eat hastily.
[gob-uh l] /ˈgɒb əl/
verb (used without object), gobbled, gobbling.
1.
to make the characteristic throaty cry of a male turkey.
noun
2.
the cry itself.
/ˈɡɒbəl/
verb
1.
when tr, often foll by up. to eat or swallow (food) hastily and in large mouthfuls
2.
(informal) (transitive) often foll by up. to snatch
/ˈɡɒbəl/
noun
1.
the loud rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys
interjection
2.
an imitation of this sound
verb
3.
(intransitive) (of a turkey) to make this sound
v.

“eat greedily,” c.1600, probably partly echoic, partly frequentative of gob, via gobben “drink something greedily.” Related: Gobbled; gobbling.

“make a turkey noise,” 1670s, probably imitative, perhaps influenced by gobble (1) or gargle. As a noun from 1781.

verb

jargon

1. To consume, usually used with “up”. “The output spy gobbles characters out of a tty output buffer.”
2. To obtain, usually used with “down”. “I guess I’ll gobble down a copy of the documentation tomorrow.”
See also snarf.
[Jargon File]
(2010-01-19)

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