American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To devour in greedy gulps.
- v. To take greedily; grab: gobbled up the few remaining tickets.
- v. To eat greedily or rapidly.
- n. The guttural, chortling sound of a male turkey.
- v. To make this sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swallow in large pieces; swallow hastily: often with up or down.
- To seize upon with greed; appropriate graspingly; capture: often with up or down.
- Synonyms To devour, etc. (see eat); bolt, gulp.
- To make the loud noise in the throat peculiar to the turkey-cock.
- n. The loud rattling noise in the throat made by the turkey-cock: sometimes used of the dissimilar vocal sounds of other fowls.
- n. In golf, a putt played with such force that it would be carried some distance past the hole if it did not go in, but which does go in.
- v. To make the sound of a turkey.
- v. To eat hastily or greedily; to scoff. Often used with up
- n. The sound of a turkey.
- n. Scotland, slang, vulgar fellatio; blowjob
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To swallow or eat greedily or hastily; to gulp.
- v. To utter (a sound) like a turkey cock.
- v. To eat greedily.
- v. To make a noise like that of a turkey cock.
- n. A noise made in the throat.
- v. make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
- v. eat hastily without proper chewing
- n. the characteristic sound made by a turkey cock
- Onomatopoetic of the sound from a turkey. (Wiktionary)
- Frequentative of Middle English gobben, to drink greedily, probably from gobbe, lump, mouthful; see gob1.Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The action of "I have come to gobble you up," is emphasized and made realistic by the _bb_ of _gobble_ and the _p_ of _up_.”
“He had scarcely closed his eyes when a faint "_Gobble, gobble, gobble_" from across the cornfield drove all idea of sleep out of his head.”
“Even her press announcement stating that she was stepping down as governor, she sounded like a turkey with her head cut off ... gobble gobble is all that could be made of the thoughts she was trying to get out.”
“Going to your hunting spot at dusk and waiting for them to gobble is called "roosting a turkey".”
“The gobble is also not smart if the land you are hunting is wide open.”
“MOST HUNTERS know an owl hoot can make a tom gobble from the roost, but locator calls can do much more, from making midday birds talk to keeping a hot tom at bay long enough for you to set up.”
“In the spring the turkey-cocks begin to gobble, which is the language wherein they make love.”
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
“They name the Months very agreeably, as one is the Herring-Month, another the Strawberry-Month, another the Mulberry-Month, Others name them by the Trees That blossoms; especially, the Dogwood-Tree; or they say, we will return when Tur-Key-Cocks gobble, that is in March and April.”
A New Voyage to Carolina; Containing the Exact Description and Natural History of That Country: Together with the Present State Thereof. And A Journal of a Thousand Miles, Travel'd Thro' Several Nations of Indians. Giving a Particular Account of Their Customs, Manners, &c.
“Remember this the next time you want to let your dog "gobble" down some turkey.”
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