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[guhz-uh l] /ˈgʌz əl/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), guzzled, guzzling.
to drink, or sometimes eat, greedily, frequently, or plentifully:
They spent the whole night guzzling beer.
South Midland and Southern U.S. gozzle.
Origin of guzzle
1570-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
guzzler, noun
unguzzled, adjective
1. swill, imbibe, swig, tope; chugalug. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guzzle
  • They regularly guzzle the equivalent of about nine drinks a night-though they don't display what we'd consider drunken behavior.
  • Because everybody gets the same amount back, people gain if they conserve and lose if they guzzle.
  • The cops guzzle water in the shade of the gas station's canopy.
  • But if domestic prices are capped, then emerging economies will continue to guzzle oil, pushing world prices still higher.
  • Insulated from the reality of rising world prices, consumers guzzle more oil than if they had to pay full market prices.
  • And yes, software firms guzzle less energy than car makers.
  • Politicians could reduce that congestion by charging motorists more for the petrol they guzzle and the roads they use.
  • Before you make any life-altering decisions in the future, you may want to guzzle a few liters of water.
  • Endurance athletes rely on slow-twitch muscles, fibrous bundles that guzzle oxygen and fatigue slowly.
  • The plant's towering stalks guzzle groundwater, reducing habitat for songbirds that use native riparian vegetation.
British Dictionary definitions for guzzle


to consume (food or drink) excessively or greedily
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for guzzle

1570s, probably related to Old French gosillier "to go down the gullet; to vomit, chatter, talk," from gosier (13c.) "jaws, throat, gullet." Or imitative of the sound of drinking greedily. Related: Guzzled; guzzling. As a noun from 1590s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for guzzle




  1. To drink, esp rapidly: He guzzled a Coke (1500s+)
  2. To drink liquor, esp to excess: He guzzled a lot when he got worried

[fr French gosier, ''throat,'' or perhaps like that French word, echoically based on the sound of swallowing]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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