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

  • transitive v. To devour in greedy gulps.
  • transitive v. To take greedily; grab: gobbled up the few remaining tickets.
  • intransitive v. To eat greedily or rapidly.
  • n. The guttural, chortling sound of a male turkey.
  • intransitive v. To make this sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. fellatio; blowjob

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A noise made in the throat.
  • intransitive v. To eat greedily.
  • intransitive v. To make a noise like that of a turkey cock.
  • transitive v. To swallow or eat greedily or hastily; to gulp.
  • transitive v. To utter (a sound) like a turkey cock.

from The 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.

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

  • v. make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
  • v. eat hastily without proper chewing
  • n. the characteristic sound made by a turkey cock


Frequentative of Middle English gobben, to drink greedily, probably from gobbe, lump, mouthful; see gob1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoetic of the sound from a turkey. (Wiktionary)



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