Definition of glutton in English:



  • 1An excessively greedy eater.

    • ‘They would have us believe that these tubes are just kinda put into the ducks mouths and these ducks are just happy gluttons swallowing it all down voluntarily.’
    • ‘Fast-food companies made an important discovery: consumers were reluctant to buy two boxes of, say, popcorn because they feared people might think they were gluttons, but they were happy to pay a little more for jumbo-sized boxes.’
    • ‘Though the Romans emulated all things Greek, it is said that ‘they became gluttons, rather than gourmets’.’
    • ‘Bears also hibernate during the winter, as most of us wish to do and they awake in spring as gluttons ingesting anything they can get their hands on - not unlike many offensive linemen in the CFL.’
    • ‘The expatriate is a glutton, cannot deny himself the sweet and hot, aware that his food may not be served tomorrow, that he must take advantage of this invitation and eat well at the host's table.’
    • ‘Starving men may think much about food, but so do gluttons; the gorged, as well as the famished, like titillations.’
    • ‘Not only does pushing and shoving seem undignified, but such behaviour immediately marks the offender as a greedy glutton who has not been able to enjoy the best.’
    • ‘How brutal and cruel are the gluttons who eat them!’
    • ‘I thought gluttons were supposed to enjoy themselves.’
    • ‘Any scenes involving food should show the overweight characters as revolting gluttons, with food running out of their mouths and down their shirts as the other people in the room watch in stunned horror.’
    • ‘Inuit did have the concept of gluttony, but an Inuit glutton was instead marked by the tendency to withhold food from others.’
    • ‘As noted above, gluttons should drink the milk and not let it go to waste.’
    • ‘Surely gluttons shouldn't encourage overeating.’
    • ‘So my advice to fellow gluttons is to skip a meal.’
    • ‘They didn't ask any questions about chocolate, which accounts for her not being lumped in with the gluttons.’
    • ‘I know, I know, a gluten free recipe wouldn't hurt us gluten gluttons, but with an impending lay-off and potential grad school fees, I'm really not all that excited on spending money we might need for rent next month.’
    • ‘In any event, unless he's a glutton, he couldn't ‘put away’ 30 kilos each of beef, pork, steaks, shrimp and more within two months.’
    • ‘After all, barbecue is best with fatty meats, and the food here looks more designed for calorie-counting nouveaus than Atkins gluttons.’
    • ‘Kept alive today more by photographers than painters, it began to emit its last gasps as a vehicle for Pop Artists in the 1960s and 1970s who wanted to revel in a consumer mania that made those Netherlandish gluttons look abstemious.’
    • ‘There's an immodest bather, drunkards, a glutton (whose stomach does his talking for him), a fool, a woman, a monk, three choristers and a nun - all with a particular story to impart.’
    gourmand, gourmandizer, overeater, gorger, binge eater, big eater
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    1. 1.1 A person who is excessively fond of something.
      ‘he's a glutton for adventure’
      • ‘She is a glutton for experience and was soon experimenting with sex, drugs and books which reflected those concerns - Henry Miller, Marguerite Duras and the writers of the beat generation.’
      • ‘To his dying day, in spite of his busy work load, he was a glutton for work.’
      • ‘He's a real terrier, a glutton for work, and has been very enthusiastic all season.’
      • ‘I've become a glutton for bodybuilding knowledge, devouring whatever books, magazines and research I can find on training, nutrition and volition.’
      • ‘I was an adolescent numb to yuletide cheer, a glutton for material sustenance, mainly of the toy variety.’
      • ‘Even if you leave alone Americans' status as the world's worst energy gluttons, you could end U.S. dependence on foreign oil through a population shift alone.’
      • ‘But then Harry, a glutton for novelty, will drink from any passing puddle or unusual container that comes his way.’
      • ‘All the tech you covered will come to naught unless immediate attention is given to electrical generation and conservation, because solid-state device technologies are all power gluttons.’
      • ‘Garnett has readily accepted the bait - he's a glutton for assuming responsibility - going so far as to deploy his now-infamous war armament analogy in explaining what he'll bring to tonight's contest.’
      • ‘These players were risk gluttons and there was absolutely no protest or discipline from the marketplace, until recently.’
      • ‘So will our cities all end up as energy gluttons dominated by rats, starlings and cockroaches?’
      • ‘No, I am not a glutton for drama, even if it does tend to pique my appetite.’
      • ‘Quito, who had only run at Haydock just five days earlier, is a glutton for work and is set to return to York next month when he may run twice at the prestigious royal fixture.’
      • ‘Still, I'm always a glutton for opportunities to add just one more little thing or polish the text just a little more.’
      • ‘During all of this I remained a glutton for books gastronomic.’
      • ‘And if you are a glutton for pain, the acting is just as bad as the dialogue.’
      • ‘Whatever his appetites in other areas, he has always been a glutton for cricket.’
      • ‘‘We're attention gluttons,’ he commented, winking.’
      • ‘As a glutton for hockey, give me the quarterfinals.’
      • ‘To run it (the government) was well beyond the powers of such a glutton for work and government as Philip: it overwhelmed his subnormal successors.’
  • 2

    old-fashioned term for wolverine


  • a glutton for punishment

    • A person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.

      • ‘We are obviously gluttons for punishment, as we decided to follow that up with a full-blown tour around the shops - we needed to buy a present for a friend, use some vouchers that we'd received as a present and Akra needed new slippers.’
      • ‘If you're a real glutton for punishment, drop me a line and I'll send it on to you.’
      • ‘And you thought I was a glutton for punishment?’
      • ‘Yesterday I was thinking, with all the offers I turned down, all the other houses I could have designed for, I must have some really weird kind of death wish or be a total glutton for punishment.’
      • ‘But some women seem to be gluttons for punishment.’
      • ‘And we really are gluttons for punishment, since we do this every year.’
      • ‘There are even do-it-yourself waxing kits, but unless you're a glutton for punishment, it's pretty hard to put yourself through such torture and it can get very messy.’
      • ‘Aren't all these modern, stressed-out mothers simply gluttons for punishment?’
      • ‘From fit 20-year-olds just hoping to drop the last five kilos to 60-year-olds wanting to stay in shape and challenge themselves, it seems there is no shortage of gluttons for punishment.’
      • ‘A glutton for punishment, she also signed up for a Masters in Modern Drama Studies and, because of the way the modules fell, she actually graduated the Masters programme before graduating the B.A.’


Middle English: from Old French gluton, from Latin glutto(n-) related to gluttire ‘to swallow’, gluttus ‘greedy’, and gula ‘throat’.