gurgle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gurgle utter with a gurgling sound "`Help,' the stabbing victim gurgled"
    • v gurgle drink from a flask with a gurgling sound
    • v gurgle make sounds similar to gurgling water "The baby gurgled with satisfaction when the mother tickled it"
    • v gurgle flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise "babbling brooks"
    • n gurgle the bubbling sound of water flowing from a bottle with a narrow neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gurgle The act of gurgling; a broken, bubbling noise. "Tinkling gurgles ."
    • v. i Gurgle To run or flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current, as water from a bottle, or a small stream among pebbles or stones. "Pure gurgling rills the lonely desert trace,
      And waste their music on the savage race."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gurgle To run or flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current, as water from a bottle, or a small stream on a stony bottom; flow with a purling sound.
    • gurgle To make a sound like that of gurgling liquid.
    • gurgle To utter or produce with a gurgling sound.
    • n gurgle A gurgling gush or flow of liquid; the sound made by a liquid flowing from the narrow mouth of a vessel, or through any narrow opening; a purling sound, as of a small stream flowing over a stony bottom; or the sound made when air is forced through a liquid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gurgle gur′gl to flow in an irregular noisy current: to make a bubbling sound.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. It. gorgogliare, to gargle, bubble up, fr. L. gurgulio, gullet. Cf. Gargle Gorge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through an It. gorgogliare, from gorgo—L. gurges.

Usage

In literature:

With the gurgling pitchers at their hips, women came from the river.
"The Gardener" by Rabindranath Tagore
He could only gurgle.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
Hippy swooped down upon it with a gurgle of delight.
"Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
Shoeblossom stood and gurgled throughout.
"The Gold Bat" by P. G. Wodehouse
The shrieks were suddenly increased, and then died away in a confused gurgle.
"Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories" by Henry Seton Merriman
Was it not by a gurgling fountain among the pine trees there?
"The Bride of Fort Edward" by Delia Bacon
She squeaked with affright till she saw who it was, and then turned her note into a gurgle of astonishment.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
Sally sat up, gurgling, and wiped her eyes.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
To the right, beneath us, twenty feet down the crumbling bank, the Yukon gurgled lazily.
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
A stream of water, sufficient to turn half-a-dozen mills, gushes and gurgles up at the foot of the mountain.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
He sat down gurgling, and the indignant face of the injured Grummit only added to his distress.
"Captains All and Others" by W.W. Jacobs
Midway up the gravelled walk Wilbur Cowan began a gurgling oration.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
About dawn this morning a strange gurgle woke me.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
In a minute he sat up and merely gurgled.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
It seemed to fill the place with gurgling, gnomelike laughter.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
Of course they ducked under, and of course they rose, gurgling and spluttering.
"Camp and Trail" by Isabel Hornibrook
The cascade, gurgling in the middle hall, comforted me.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
At last he gurgled out some words.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Instead he blushed uncomfortably at the gurgle in her throat.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Tried to shout, but it ended in a gurgle.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
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In poetry:

Till when the merriment will pall
He turns to love again,
Calling his love-sick gurgling call
Above the dying men.
"Starling" by Katharine Tynan
A sound as simple as the low
Quick sliding gurgle of a rill,
And yet with power to overflow
A world with blissful will!
"'Yes'" by Charles Harpur
"O help me now, thou false, false knight,
Have pity on my youth,
For now the water jawes owre my head,
And it gurgles in my mouth."
"Sir Roland" by Andrew Lang
Hush! my parched ears what runnels slake?
Is a thrush gurgling from the brake?
Has Spring, on all the breezes blown,
At length arrived?
"On Receiving A Copy Of Mr. Austin's 'Old World Idylls'" by James Russell Lowell
The water gurgled neath the bows,
And hurried past in milky spray,
And bridges, islands, sheep and cows,
Slipped past us all that endless day.
"Night On The River" by R S Ward
At length a silvery spring I spied,
Gurgling through moss and fern along,
Waiting to bless with cooling tide
All who were gladdened by its song.
"The Mountain Spring" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass

In news:

The Sanpoil River in Washington State was slipping past my legs, gurgling quietly.
When you see a llama 's ears flatten backward and hear a gurgling sound, shift into reverse and step on the gas.
Gilbert Futrell kept a keen eye focused on his gurgling evaporator pan.
Fast Food Tattoos (tipoff courtesy of The Gurgling Cod).
The sounds of other people eating — chewing, chomping, slurping , gurgling — can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.
People chewing, chomping, slurping , gurgling can send people with a condition known as misophonia into a blood-boiling rage.
Hike down to Sturtevant?s Camp by bollowing a gurgling stream between oaks, spruce and ferns that surround cabins built between the 1890s and the 1920s.
Don't Take Me to the River: When L.A.'s water supply is threatened, the gurgling gets ugly.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, who howled, whooped, gurgled and shrieked his way through some of the most unhinged performances in rock history, died on Saturday in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris.
These fun ceramic glugging jugs by Wade Ceramics make a glug-a-glug-glug gurgling noise when used as a pitcher, and they work as whimsical vases, too.
Quiet storm gets a freaky SciFi makeover on the Diplo-produced " Climax ," which sets Usher's plaintively pleading falsetto atop a shape-shifting landscape of clicks, hisses, whooshes and bass-y synth gurgles.
ISIS "Panopticon" Ipecac As Isis frontman Aaron Turner's raw-throated gurgles periodically reiterate, his band plays death metal.
Sweet gurgling water sounds of the dying stream somehow amplified the light.
The prospect of a comedy directed by Ron (Opie) Howard and loaded to bursting with gurgling infants, bratty kids, horny teens and parents who can't cope does not exactly prompt the thrill of anticipation.
The gurgle of the stream, occasional bleats from mascot sheep, and rustle of leaves as breezes waft down Oak Creek Canyon provide the background music to these stone-and-wood cabins.
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In science:

If at first a cube of ice gurgling into tepid water is definitely a thermodynamic system, it makes no sense to speak about it being a system after it has dissolved.
Quantum observer and Kolmogorov complexity: a model that can be tested
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