Definition of gurgle in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Make a hollow bubbling sound like that made by water running out of a bottle.

    ‘my stomach gurgled’
    • ‘Gabrielle splashed happily, gurgling as the warm water trickled down her front.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled, anticipating the moment coming.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled as I closed the door with a sigh.’
    • ‘Orangutans, gorillas, and their ape relatives, meanwhile, will ineffectually thrash around in deep water or simply gurgle and sink.’
    • ‘Her often unintelligible language is as nascent as the land itself; sounds not yet words gurgle like the very volcanoes that created her native surroundings.’
    • ‘After a minute or two, I can feel the mud burbling and gurgling next to my skin, beneath the clingfilm.’
    • ‘But she was taking her sweet time and my stomach was gurgling in protest, so I wandered over the supermarket for some chocolate.’
    • ‘From somewhere far away, a fountain gurgled and splashed.’
    • ‘Almost immediately after that, my stomach gurgled.’
    • ‘Katie heard the distinct sounds of water gurgling and wind whistling though caves in the rock.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled uneasily and I felt my face flush green.’
    • ‘As if in answer, my stomach growled and gurgled loudly.’
    • ‘Once I got settled in a sitting position, my stomach decided to gurgle and I had realized for the first time in days that I was hungry.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled once more and I stared him down.’
    • ‘Several bottles of fine Chardonnay gurgled in Ted's pack.’
    • ‘I can feel my stomach gurgling and any minute now it's going to make some noise.’
    • ‘My stomach is gurgling, turning over and over inside my belly.’
    • ‘James gurgled with what sounded like glee, though I reasoned babies that young shouldn't know about glee yet.’
    • ‘Plus he could here his stomach gurgling out of hunger of a full hectic day that included no meal time whatsoever.’
    • ‘I cough, my stomach growling and gurgling, my whole body shaking, which disturbs the creature and makes it shift more.’
    babble, burble, tinkle, bubble, ripple, murmur, purl, lap, trickle, splash
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    1. 1.1with adverbial of direction (of a liquid) run or flow with a bubbling sound.
      ‘chemicals gurgle down a drain straight into the sewers’
      • ‘Then, it turns into a stream that gurgles past sleepy hamlets and sylvan surroundings.’
      • ‘From the floor of the second pitch, the water gurgles down a tight rift, but our route is along a traverse following a washed-out shale band.’
      • ‘We stopped near a small spring that gurgled its way through the dense forest of rocks.’
      • ‘The water gurgles between golden sand banks and rugged grey granite boulders that have given one island its name, Elephantine.’
      • ‘Once the water was gurgling through the machine, Clara collapsed into a chair at the table out of breath and limp from the effort.’
      • ‘As the stream gurgles through the mountain into the valley, a young shepherd tends to the cattle, seated under a large tree.’
      • ‘On the winding cobblestone streets of Lijiang's old town, canals and streams gurgled beneath gently sloping foot bridges.’
      • ‘Just outside my sala a small stream gurgles its way over a waterfall down to an ornamental lake.’
      • ‘A small crystalline brook gurgled over worn round stones as it ran to its destination.’
      • ‘A brook gurgled by peacefully and there, nestled against the coniferous trees, was a hut.’
      • ‘Water gurgled out of the rock, catching the desert sun like a shimmering, living jewel.’
      • ‘Yet below the mesquite bosk that edges the bed of Cienagua Creek, water gurgles up and flows intermittently from a mostly underground stream.’
      • ‘Water gurgled down in streams from the tin roof.’
      • ‘The water from twin streams gurgled over sculpted rocks on either side and collected into kidney shaped pools where rainbow-coloured carp circled and fed.’
      • ‘A terracotta pot stands at the top of the feature, with water gurgling out into the pool below.’
      • ‘When the water got cold I kicked the faucet and let it run until water gurgled into the overflow.’
      • ‘I splashed the cool water on my face and watched as the steady stream flowed from the faucet into the porcelain basin and gurgled down the drain.’
      • ‘There was no bridge, but flat ferry-rafts winched their way across it on heavy cables, and icy, slate-gray water gurgled under a dull, pewter sky.’
      • ‘Water gurgled up out of the hole and the ice around it began to leak through long fissures.’
      run, move, go along, course, pass, proceed, glide, slide, drift, circulate, trickle, dribble, drizzle, spill, babble, ripple
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  • A gurgling sound.

    ‘Catherine gave a gurgle of laughter’
    • ‘But the flip side is the footballer who hates to lose, and no matter how cute the tot's gurgles are, he won't lift his father's spirits if Celtic and Ross County succeed where Iceland and Canada failed.’
    • ‘I think I'm fascinated by all the food bits in my kitchen the way new parents are fascinated by all the gurgles and faces on their wee ones.’
    • ‘Now, add a splash of peach schnapps, then a gurgle or two of Jack Daniels.’
    • ‘Continuing upward, we passed an old log barn from which we could hear the companionable gurgles and neck bells of sheep, safely shut away behind a door.’
    • ‘He heard waves pounding in his ears, the soft gurgle beneath the waves, the silty sound of sand being moved within hidden currents.’
    • ‘Lucy pointed, too, and made some gurgles, and even patted the boom mike while the cameras rolled.’
    • ‘The distinctive whining of a straining shield generator sounded, followed by the gurgle of flushing coolant, a desperate attempt by engineering to make the generator last longer.’
    • ‘He felt a small gurgle of laughter in the back of his throat, at let it come, slipping into a smirk and then morphing into a grin.’
    • ‘Needless to say I arrived at the meeting and, much to my relief, managed to control myself sufficiently to avoid any embarrassing gurgles…’
    • ‘And then there's these strange noises that sound a bit like a cat only quieter and with occasional gurgles.’
    • ‘The beat is the traditional 4/4 house beat, with plenty of skittering gurgles and found sounds mixed in.’
    • ‘From inside, there came the sound of women's chatter, as well as the gurgle of happy babies.’
    • ‘A gurgle, sounding very similar to a laugh, replaced her cries, and a smile graced her face as Trent picked her up.’
    • ‘Bowel sounds vary greatly in pitch and quality, being low-pitched or high-pitched gurgles or rumbles. ‘Tinkling’ bowel sounds represent bowel obstruction.’
    • ‘The chirpy gurgles of my child takes away all the unhappiness at the end of a hard day's work.’
    • ‘In the quiet hours before midnight I lay with my ear to the place and heard the trickling as from a spring, the gurgles and sucks and splashings.’
    • ‘They look sweet, they don't answer back, and their thought process is hidden behind gurgles and smiles.’
    • ‘A celestial organ devolves into the shrill shrieks of swooping banshees, and deep rumbles sound like the dyspeptic gurgles in a huge beasts' stomach.’
    • ‘I tried to speak, to say that of course I could, but a gurgle was all that sounded.’
    • ‘I couldn't stop the gurgle of laughter erupting.’
    babble, babbling, tinkle, bubbling, ripple, rippling, trickling, murmur, murmuring, purling, splashing
    chuckle, chortle, burble, giggle
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Late Middle English: imitative, or directly from Dutch gorgelen, German gurgeln, or medieval Latin gurgulare, all from Latin gurgulio ‘gullet’.