from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides; a ravine.
  • n. A narrow entrance into the outwork of a fortification.
  • n. The throat; the gullet: The gory sight made my gorge rise.
  • n. The crop of a hawk.
  • n. An instance of gluttonous eating.
  • n. The contents of the stomach; something swallowed.
  • n. A mass obstructing a narrow passage: a shipping lane blocked by an ice gorge.
  • n. The seam on the front of a coat or jacket where the lapel and the collar are joined.
  • transitive v. To stuff with food; glut: gorged themselves with candy.
  • transitive v. To devour greedily.
  • intransitive v. To eat gluttonously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Gorgeous.
  • n. A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides; a ravine.
  • n. The throat or gullet.
  • v. To eat greedily and in large quantities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The throat; the gullet; the canal by which food passes to the stomach.
  • n. A narrow passage or entrance.
  • n. A defile between mountains.
  • n. The entrance into a bastion or other outwork of a fort; -- usually synonymous with rear. See Illust. of Bastion.
  • n. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl.
  • n. A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction.
  • n. A concave molding; a cavetto.
  • n. The groove of a pulley.
  • n. A primitive device used instead of a fishhook, consisting of an object easy to be swallowed but difficult to be ejected or loosened, as a piece of bone or stone pointed at each end and attached in the middle to a line.
  • intransitive v. To eat greedily and to satiety.
  • transitive v. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities.
  • transitive v. To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness or by gulps.
  • Hence—2. To glut; fill the throat or stomach of; satiate.
  • To feed greedily; stuff one's self.
  • n. The throat; the gullet.
  • n. Hence —2. That which is swallowed or is provided for swallowing; the material of a meal.
  • n. The act of gorging; inordinate eating; a heavy meal: as, to indulge in a gorge after long abstinence.
  • n. A jam; a mass which chokes up a passage: as, a gorge of logs in a river; an ice-gorge.
  • n. A feeling of disgust, indignation, resentment, or the like: from the sympathetic influence of such emotions, when extreme in degree, upon the muscles of the throat.
  • n. In architecture: The narrow part of the Tuscan and Roman Doric capitals, between the astragal above the shaft of the column and the echinus; the necking or hypophyge. It is found also in some provincial Greek Doric, as at Pæstum. See cut under column.
  • n. A cavetto or hollow molding.
  • n. A narrow passage between steep rocky walls; a ravine or defile with precipitous sides.
  • n. The entrance into a bastion or other outwork of a fort. See cut under bastion.
  • n. In masonry, a little channel or up-cut on the lower side of the coping, to keep the drip from reaching the wall; a throat.
  • n. The groove in the circumference of a pulley.
  • n. A pitcher of earthenware or stoneware. Also george.
  • n. Synonyms Ravine, Defile. See valley.
  • n. In angling, a bait intended to be swallowed by the fish to effect its capture: usually a minnow in which a double-barbed leaded fish-hook is embedded.
  • n. A fish-hook consisting of a straight or crescent-shaped piece of stone or bone sharpened at the ends and grooved or perforated in the center: used by primitive tribes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
  • n. the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
  • n. a deep ravine (usually with a river running through it)
  • n. a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)


Middle English, throat, from Old French, from Late Latin gurga, perhaps from Latin gurges, whirlpool, abyss.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin gurga. (Wiktionary)
Shortened from gorgeous. (Wiktionary)


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  • also: short for gorgeous

    September 16, 2009