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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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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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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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