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gurgle

[gur-guh l] /ˈgɜr gəl/
verb (used without object), gurgled, gurgling.
1.
to flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current:
The water gurgled from the bottle.
2.
to make a sound as of water doing this (often used of birds or of human beings).
verb (used with object), gurgled, gurgling.
3.
to utter or express with a gurgling sound:
The baby gurgled its delight.
noun
4.
the act or noise of gurgling.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; compare Dutch, Middle Low German gorgelen, German gurgeln to gargle; akin to Latin gurguliō throat
Related forms
gurglingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. bubble, burble, babble.
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  • Most everyone knows that stress can cause a clenched, gurgling, unhappy stomach.
  • With this gurgling volcano of active internal organs, the body has a critical need to dissipate heat to the surroundings.
  • It was even possible to hear the faint gurgling of a small stream.
  • Amid the gurgling of pine sap and slow flexing of the trees can be heard a stream of chirps: the calls of pinyon engraver beetles.
  • The fire had crumbled down to greyness, and one of the lamps made a gurgling appeal for attention.
  • The sweet fresh garden-scent came through the open window, and the birds were busy flitting and alighting, gurgling and singing.
  • But he was drinking water from a spring which flowed gurgling close by.
  • Then he rode up to the abyss where the water, gurgling gruesomely, was beginning to flood his home village.
  • Such vehicles can be relied on to consume the day's rationed drinking water in their gurgling radiators.
  • The show opens in the dark to the swampy sounds of crickets chirping and water gurgling.
British Dictionary definitions for gurgling

gurgle

/ˈɡɜːɡəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of liquids, esp of rivers, streams, etc) to make low bubbling noises when flowing
2.
to utter low throaty bubbling noises, esp as a sign of contentment: the baby gurgled with delight
noun
3.
the act or sound of gurgling
Derived Forms
gurgling, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Vulgar Latin gurgulāre, from Latin gurguliō gullet
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Word Origin and History for gurgling

gurgle

v.

early 15c., medical term for "gurgling heard in the abdomen," a native, echoic formation, or ultimately from Latin gurguliare, perhaps via Dutch, German gurgeln. Extended (non-anatomical) use, in reference to water over stones, etc., is first recorded 1713. "This phenomenon of long specialized use before becoming a part of the general vocabulary is often found in English" [Barnhart]. Related: Gurgled; gurgling. As a noun from early 15c.

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