One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Swallow (something) greedily.‘its empty holds are ingurgitating a vast, continuous rush of murky brown seawater’
consume, devour, ingest, partake of, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, gulp, gulp down, bolt, bolt down, wolf, wolf down, cram down, finish, finish offView synonyms
- ‘When a frog swallows a fly, it also ingurgitates an army of microbes, which have to be eliminated or, at least, whose growth rate has to be checked.’
- ‘They also have the time of their life playing with the scientific equipment, ingurgitating experimental chemical substances that alter their abilities and appearances.’
- ‘Thirteen more French loaves and the butter is all ingurgitated.’
- ‘Even the most individual act of ingurgitating food into one's body is inherently collective.’
- ‘Some smoke grass, a few get stoned, most ingurgitate large quantities of beer, and all use constantly a pathetically tiny vocabulary of dirty words.’
Late 16th century: from Latin ingurgitat- ‘poured in, drenched’, from the verb ingurgitare, from in- ‘into’ + gurges, gurgit- ‘whirlpool, gulf’.
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