gobble

1 [gob-uhl]
verb (used with object), gobbled, gobbling.
1.
to swallow or eat hastily or hungrily in large pieces; gulp.
2.
to seize upon eagerly (often followed by up ): After being gone for so long, they gobbled up all the local news.
verb (used without object), gobbled, gobbling.
3.
to eat hastily.

Origin:
1595–1605; probably imitative; see gob1, -le


1. bolt, devour.
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gobble

2 [gob-uhl]
verb (used without object), gobbled, gobbling.
1.
to make the characteristic throaty cry of a male turkey.
noun
2.
the cry itself.

Origin:
1670–80; variant of gabble

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gobble1 (ˈɡɒbəl)
 
vb (when tr, often foll by up) (often foll by up)
1.  to eat or swallow (food) hastily and in large mouthfuls
2.  informal to snatch
 
[C17: probably from gob1]

gobble2 (ˈɡɒbəl)
 
n
1.  the loud rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys
 
interj
2.  an imitation of this sound
 
vb
3.  (intr) (of a turkey) to make this sound
 
[C17: probably of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

gobble
"eat fast," c.1600, probably partly echoic, partly frequentative of gob, via gobben "drink something greedily."

gobble
"turkey noise," 1680, probably imitative.
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gobble

vt.
1. To consume, usu. used with `up'. "The output spy gobbles characters out of a tty output buffer."
2. To obtain, usu. used with `down'. "I guess I'll gobble down a copy of the documentation tomorrow." See also snarf.
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jargon

1. To consume, usually used with "up". "The output spy gobbles characters out of a tty output buffer."
2. To obtain, usually used with "down". "I guess I'll gobble down a copy of the documentation tomorrow."
See also snarf.
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Example sentences
On the bright side, we're hoping they'll gobble up any mites that fall to the
  ground.
Scores of gulls hover above, screeching in excitement, then swoop down to
  gobble up any leftovers.
In some cities, parking lots gobble up a third of the area.
But the cellular pathway didn't gobble up the plutonium and bring it into the
  cell wholesale.
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