verb (used without object), gargled, gargling.
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.
to gargle (the throat or mouth).
to utter with a gargling sound.
any liquid used for gargling.
a gargling sound.

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

gargler, noun Unabridged
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gargle (ˈɡɑːɡəl)
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
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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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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