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1510s, from French engorger "to obstruct, block, congest," Old French engorgier "to swallow, devour," from en- (see en- (1)) + gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorging.
engorge en·gorge (ěn-gôrj')v. en·gorged, en·gorg·ing, en·gorg·es To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.