Definition of guzzle in English:



  • Eat or drink (something) greedily:

    ‘he would guzzle his ale’
    figurative ‘this car guzzles petrol’
    • ‘In retaliation I have just eaten a curry and I am now in the process of guzzling a large quantity of beer, that should beat it into submission.’
    • ‘He splashed some on his face and handed the container to Quinn, who also greedily guzzled the water down.’
    • ‘Though there's no real scientific way of proving it, I'm convinced I warded off an attack of the flu by guzzling several pints of miso soup last spring.’
    • ‘I was tempted by one of the specials, braised pigeon, but the thought of all those plump pigeons in York's Parliament Street guzzling titbits of junk food from tourists put me off.’
    • ‘Last year, we guzzled our way through 440m litres of soft drinks, which works out at an average of one 330 ml can of fizzy drink per day for every person in the country.’
    • ‘I saw one guy guzzling a bottle of beer, another puffing happily on a joint.’
    • ‘About a mile on, where the beach runs out, the Greeks gather in a taverna to guzzle spit-roasted pork washed down with local beer.’
    • ‘The stereotype of the fat-cat golfer guzzling a beer and smoking a cigar is going up in flames as the next generation of the sport's athletes take their training to a new level.’
    • ‘Taking out a beer, he popped it open and guzzled it down in one large gulp.’
    • ‘I seated myself across from him and watched as he guzzled it all down.’
    • ‘Not that I've any issue with gaining the odd pound or two but since I'm guzzling beer and eating chips and chocolate all the time I guess things could only get worse.’
    • ‘But if you see someone guzzling a sports or fruit drink, it is most likely because they're parched.’
    • ‘This is not a whisky-tasters' guide and nor is it a tale of blokes guzzling top-shelf liquor at an English publisher's expense.’
    • ‘However, drinking tea requires elegance, not like guzzling beer.’
    • ‘One describes how ill he felt when he mistook a large vat of gasoline for raspberry juice, guzzling the entire thing before making the realization.’
    • ‘We watch through our fingers as another convenience meal is nuked in the microwave, another can of fizzy pop is guzzled, another packet of crisps scoffed.’
    • ‘Washington state campground officials find a bear passed out in the common area and discover that it had guzzled three dozen cans of beer.’
    • ‘I gulp and quickly guzzle the contents of my glass, for a moment not caring that the contents may have contained alcohol.’
    • ‘A key attraction of hybrids, with oil prices averaging around US $50 a barrel, is that they sip gas rather than guzzle it.’
    • ‘She quickly handed out their drinks and watched them guzzle them down, in public they would never attempt to get away with such a thing.’
    gulp, bolt, wolf, devour, eat greedily, eat hungrily, cram oneself with, stuff oneself with, gourmandize on
    tuck into, put away, pack away, demolish, polish off, stuff one's face with, pig oneself on, murder, shovel down
    scoff, shift
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Late 16th century: perhaps from Old French gosillier chatter, vomit, from gosier throat, from late Latin geusiae cheeks.