Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To drink greedily or habitually: guzzle beer.
  • transitive v. To consume to excess: a car that guzzles gas.
  • intransitive v. To drink, especially alcoholic beverages, greedily or habitually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drink (or, sometimes, eat) quickly, voraciously, or to excess; to gulp down; to swallow greedily, continually, or with gust.
  • v. To consume alcoholic beverages, especially frequently or habitually.
  • v. To consume anything quickly, greedily, or to excess, as if with insatiable thirst.
  • n. Drink; intoxicating liquor.
  • n. A drinking bout; a debauch.
  • n. An insatiable thing or person.
  • n. A drain or ditch; a gutter; sometimes, a small stream. Also called guzzen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An insatiable thing or person.
  • intransitive v. To swallow liquor greedily; to drink much or frequently.
  • transitive v. To swallow much or often; to swallow with immoderate gust; to drink greedily or continually.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swallow liquor greedily; swill; drink much; drink frequently.
  • To swallow often or much of; swallow greedily.
  • n. An insatiable thing or person.
  • n. Drink; intoxicating liquor.
  • n. A drinking-bout; a debauch.
  • n. A drain or ditch; sometimes, a small stream. Also called a guzzen. Halliwell.
  • Filthy; sensual.

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

  • v. drink greedily or as if with great thirst

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since 1576. Possibly imitative of the sound of drinking greedily, or from Old French gouziller, gosillier ("to pass through the throat"), from gosier ("throat"), and akin to Italian gozzo ("throat; a bird's crop"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • TV Guide Magazine: The wine you guys guzzle is grape juice, right?

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  • Everett J.hnston was in Crystal Beach on March 21, 2008, when he began to "guzzle" a can of Tecate Light, according to the lawsuit filed March 19 by attorney Roy J. Elizondo III in Galveston's 122nd District Court.

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  • He said energy projects "guzzle" cash and it would not be "prudent" to keep them on Exxaro's balance sheet.

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  • It is also reminiscent of "guzzle" which is in effect what you do .. hoovering up the incessant feeds on the website.

    Shiny Shiny

  • Setting it down: "Yes," she said, "I did kind of guzzle tonight.

    A Circus of Hells

  • Of course, the Saudis could have no possible reason for encouraging the world to continue to guzzle oil like there's no tomorrow.

    Double, double, oil

  • Whether dealing with imperious bankers or Somali pirates, Obama as chief executive looks a lot like Obama the candidate: the calmest one at the table, ribbing stressed-out aides and sipping bottled water as his lieutenants guzzle caffeine.

    Sunday Reading

  • Masked warrior stretch hands with a rush, high song on sky, Current~snow guzzle~ swords drink!

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  • By now, our shampoos are so fruity that, instead of scrubbing with them, we're tempted to guzzle them down.

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  • The Air Force is the largest consumer of petroleum in the Department of Defense — they guzzle 2.4 billion gallons per year — and is hoping to wean themselves off foreign oil in the coming years.

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  • "'In 1662, the town agreed that a part of every whale cast on shore be appropriated for the support of the ministry.' …Think of a whale having the breath of life beaten out of him by a storm, and dragging in over the bars and guzzles, for the support of the ministry! What a consolation it must have been to him!"
    - Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod.

    June 13, 2008