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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Example sentences
Their food is usually eaten secretly and gobbled down rapidly with little
  chewing.
The first team gobbled up all the glucose-its first choice in food-in the
  fermentation vat.
Ive noticed that some of these satellite campus forays are often juicy
  appointments gobbled up by flagship faculty.
The prize research subject was released into the sea, only to be promptly
  gobbled up by a killer whale.
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