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


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)


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