Definition of gourmandize in English:


(British gourmandise) (also gormandize)


[no object]
  • Eat good food, especially to excess.

    • ‘But still, you're not here to hobnob and gourmandise, you're here for that intense spiritual experience.’
    • ‘Don't gourmandize, and don't drink to excess.’
    • ‘Fat and homely, he womanizes and gourmandizes and pulls tablecloths out from under dishes.’
    • ‘They were also, according to witnesses, gourmandizing on the food stuffs kept by the clergy.’
    • ‘But when Neptune is afflicted in Taurus it gives a sensuous and passionate nature and a strong tendency to gourmandize which in time is bound to bring trouble and sorrow in its wake.’


mass noun
  • The appreciation or consumption of good food.

    • ‘His interest in gourmandise caused him to taste its flesh, which he found delicious and certainly better than most of our chickens.’
    • ‘Napoleon's love of gourmandise was nurtured young on his native island.’
    • ‘I guess my gourmandise runs deep.’


Late Middle English (as a noun): from French gourmandise, from gourmand; the verb dates from the mid 16th century.