gargle

[gahr-guhl]
verb (used without object), gargled, gargling.
1.
to wash or rinse the throat or mouth with a liquid held in the throat and kept in motion by a stream of air from the lungs.
verb (used with object), gargled, gargling.
2.
to gargle (the throat or mouth).
3.
to utter with a gargling sound.
noun
4.
any liquid used for gargling.
5.
a gargling sound.

Origin:
1520–30; < Middle French gargouiller to gargle, rattle the throat, derivative of gargouille throat; perhaps imitative

gargler, noun
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gargle (ˈɡɑːɡəl)
 
vb
1.  to rinse (the mouth and throat) with a liquid, esp a medicinal fluid by slowly breathing out through the liquid
2.  to utter (words, sounds, etc) with the throaty bubbling noise of gargling
 
n
3.  the liquid used for gargling
4.  the sound produced by gargling
5.  informal (Brit) an alcoholic drink: what was her favourite gargle?
 
[C16: from Old French gargouiller to gargle, make a gurgling sound, from gargouille throat, perhaps of imitative origin]
 
'gargler
 
n

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gargle
1520s, from M.Fr. gargouiller "to gurgle, bubble," from O.Fr. gargouille "throat, waterspout," perhaps from garg-, imitative of throat sounds, + *goule dial. for "mouth," from L. gula "throat." Related: Gargled; gargling.
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gargle gar·gle (gär'gəl)
v. gar·gled, gar·gling, gar·gles
To force exhaled air through a liquid held in the back of the mouth, with the head tilted back, in order to cleanse or medicate the mouth or throat. n.
A medicated fluid used for gargling. Also called throatwash.

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gargle definition


  1. in.
    to drink liquor. : They sat and gargled for an hour or two.
  2. n.
    liquor; a drink of liquor. : You want some more gargle?
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Example sentences
Gargle with this solution every few hours for maximum relief.
He is about to drink some of that health-giving water, or to gargle or inhale it or perhaps to bathe in it.
Some of the subjects were told to gargle three times a day.
Don't anybody touch my posts and if you read them aloud, gargle.
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