Main definitions of gobble in English

: gobble1gobble2

gobble1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]often gobble something up
  • 1Eat (something) hurriedly and noisily.

    ‘he gobbled up the rest of his sandwich’
    • ‘It does seem like we had to wait ages for it to arrive and once we had it in our hands, we gobbled it up.’
    • ‘It melted in less than 2 minutes while he gobbled it up.’
    • ‘There's nothing wrong with killing animals and gobbling them up, as long as they're not looking at me.’
    • ‘And I was really dismayed my family didn't gobble them up, beg for more.’
    • ‘I gobbled them up, and my friend and I decided to leave the place as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘‘We think that their eggs would be gobbled up by something if they didn't basically hide them in the gill chamber,’ she said.’
    • ‘This was true - Generation 1 had ripped open the resource, a small bag of the colorful candies, and gobbled them up.’
    • ‘I pull out my lunch bag and begin tearing off pieces and throwing them to the fish who gobble them up as if they hadn't eaten in days, maybe weeks.’
    • ‘Any bread left in the kitchenette was gobbled up to the last crumb by our resident elves.’
    • ‘Leave a lump of coal laying around, and it would rot like a corpse as microbes gobbled it up, and a cup of oil (which would be nice and tasty to us) would spoil like milk.’
    • ‘Few Great Lakes bird or fish species eat zebras directly, but another Eurasian invader, the round goby, gobbles them up.’
    • ‘On top of the milieu, in wonted Godspeed fashion, an old man recalls a bizarre and oddly moving story of how a penguin is gobbled up by a killer whale.’
    • ‘And then we would manage to ferret away all the chocolate brownies and ice cream we could get and gobbled them up until our stomachs were swollen, as though we were five months pregnant.’
    • ‘The turkey's on the table, but they don't seem to have gobbled it up.’
    • ‘I put three different pieces down and the rats are just gobbling them up.’
    • ‘At Aunt Poogee's gentle encouragement, Hope places her special dessert on the table alongside the other family dishes and watches with pride and joy as her peppermint pickles are gobbled up.’
    • ‘Without blinking, his little brother snaps his fingers and a Great Dane bounds over and gobbles the mess up in one bite.’
    • ‘An entire industry developed around producing low-fat snack foods and consumers have gobbled them up in hopes of losing weight and improving health.’
    • ‘One was gobbled up immediately, the other sat in my freezer until I defrosted it and gobbled it up just as greedily.’
    • ‘She fears the food she places into her mouth, yet she gobbles it up greedily.’
    eat greedily, eat hungrily, guzzle, bolt, gulp, swallow hurriedly, devour, wolf, cram, gorge on, gorge oneself on, gorge oneself
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    1. 1.1 Use a large amount of (something) very quickly.
      ‘these old houses just gobble up money’
      • ‘Or maybe it doesn't create time, but actually consumes it, gobbles it up.’
      • ‘Although the underlying business is cash generative, it remains to be seen how much of its cash reserves will be gobbled up by its plans to add 120 aircraft over the next four and a bit years.’
      • ‘Quality retail space is not readily available as customers gobble it up almost as soon as it hits the market.’
      • ‘So, the lower the charges, the less of your money is gobbled up and the better chance you have of matching the market.’
      • ‘In fact, about four-fifths of your premium is gobbled up by the commission that your lender creams off.’
      • ‘Also, these plans have pretty steep fees, so a large chunk of your money is gobbled up in charges.’
      • ‘He said a lot of resources had been gobbled up trying to sort out the mess in ZAM and yet it was personal issues that had led to the in-fighting in the association.’
      • ‘A year ago, it seemed LCD manufacturers couldn't churn the products out fast enough - and most of the supply was gobbled up for laptops, meaning desktop LCD monitors stayed expensive.’
    2. 1.2 (of a large organization) incorporate or take over (a smaller one)
      ‘this small department was gobbled up by the Ministry of Transport’
      • ‘On the other hand, in an Internet economy where the competition is breathing down your neck, a niche business could be gobbled up by a competitor if either one of the following cases exists.’
      • ‘The other thing that has changed is that as the major labels have been gobbled up by larger corporate entities, there has been more pressure on them to make larger and larger profits to feed the uber-company's bottom line.’
      • ‘Family-run farms and workshops were gobbled up by capitalist giants, and their owners driven into the working class.’
      • ‘Broadcast networks were gobbled up by corporate parents and cable TV began to eat into the number of their viewers.’
      • ‘When the company was gobbled up by industry giant Hasbro, Avalon Hill fans held their breath.’
      • ‘But it has aroused fears that cities and towns could be gobbled up into a Greater Leeds as has happened around London and Manchester.’
      • ‘Small companies were gobbled up by giant corporations.’
      • ‘Well, if Softbank and Nomura and the rest don't watch out they will be gobbled up too.’
      • ‘I have a kind of fondness for the old poorly done by clubs like Fitzroy, even if they have been gobbled up by the Lions.’

Origin

Early 17th century: probably from gob.

Pronunciation

gobble

/ˈɡɒb(ə)l/

Main definitions of gobble in English

: gobble1gobble2

gobble2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of a turkeycock) make a characteristic swallowing sound in the throat.

    • ‘Back in 1505, turkeys were still gobbling innocently around America.’
    • ‘The turkey scooted up the hill, gobbling worriedly.’
    • ‘He had the children stay with him low in the bushes as the turkey gobbled away from inside the bag.’
    • ‘These calls mimic sounds in nature that turkeys often respond to by gobbling.’
    • ‘‘These are natural loud sounds that in the spring cause turkeys to gobble and give a hunter the opportunity to locate them,’ Harris says.’
    • ‘It sounds like a gaggle of angry turkeys gobbling.’
    • ‘A wild turkey gobbled, and we returned to camp for dinner beneath a full moon.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) make a swallowing sound in the throat when speaking, especially when excited or angry.
      ‘she was gobbling to herself faintly in her distress’
      • ‘She sat silently in a corner and smirked at everyone praising God and gobbling about miracles.’
      • ‘The big problem today which everyone seems to be gobbling about without any idea of what to do about it is the national annual deficit.’
      • ‘Bruckner was gobbling about how he was 'just following orders'.’

Origin

Late 17th century: imitative, perhaps influenced by gobble.

Pronunciation

gobble

/ˈɡɒb(ə)l/