|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]|
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.