Word of the Day Archive
Sunday August 22, 2010
To eat greedily or ravenously.
I have never in my life seen men gormandize to be compared with those men. And the curious thing was that as course followed course their appetite seemed to increase.
-- Frank Harris, John F. Gallagher, My Life and Loves
Charley swallows a great gulp of tea in token of submission, and so disperses the Druidical ruins that Miss Smallweed charges her not to gormandize, which, "in you girls," she observes, is disgusting.
-- Charles Dickens, Bleak house
Gormandize evolves into a verb from the French verb gourmandise from the familiar gourmand.