• WordNet 3.6
    • n glutton musteline mammal of northern Eurasia
    • n glutton a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glutton (Zoöl) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly Gulo luscus), of the weasel family Mustelidæ, about the size of a large badger; called also wolverine wolverene and carcajou. It was formerly believed to be inordinately voracious, whence the name. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia.
    • Glutton Fig.: One who gluts himself. "Gluttons in murder, wanton to destroy."
    • a Glutton Gluttonous; greedy; gormandizing. "Glutton souls.""A glutton monastery in former ages makes a hungry ministry in our days."
    • Glutton One who eats voraciously, or to excess; a gormandizer.
    • v. t. & i Glutton To glut; to eat voraciously. "Gluttoned at last, return at home to pine.""Whereon in Egypt gluttoning they fed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glutton One who indulges to excess in eating, or in eating and drinking; one who gorges himself with food; a gormandizer.
    • n glutton One who indulges in anything to excess; a greedy person.
    • n glutton In zoöl.: A popular name of the wolverene, Gulo luscus or arcticus, the largest and most voracious species of the family Mustelidæ. It belongs to the same subfamily, Mustelinæ, as the martens and sables, but is a much larger animal, exceeding a badger in size, thick-set and clumsy, and somewhat resembling a small bear. It is of circumpolar distribution, inhabiting northerly parts of Europe, Asia, and America. The name has been more particnlarly used for the animal of Europe and Asia, from which the American species has sometimes been supposed to differ, and is usually called the wolverene. They are, however, specifically identical. See wolverene.
    • glutton Of or belonging to a glutton; gluttonous.
    • glutton To eat or indulge the appetite to excess; gormandize.
    • glutton To overfill, as with food; glut.
    • n glutton In pugilism, one who takes a great deal of punishment before he is beaten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glutton glut′n one who eats to excess: a popular name of the wolverine, a carnivorous quadruped of the weasel family
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  • Thomas Wolfe
    “This is the artist, then, life's hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser, glory's slave.”
  • Madonna
    “Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.”
  • Erma Bombeck
    “I am not a glutton -- I am an explorer of food.”
  • Phillip H. Haberman Jr.
    Phillip H. Haberman Jr.
    “A gourmet is just a glutton with brains.”
  • Josh Billings
    “The miser and the glutton are two facetious buzzards: one hides his store, and the other stores his hide.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Glutton: one who digs his grave with his teeth.”


Glutton for punishment - If a person is described as a glutton for punishment, the happily accept jobs and tasks that most people would try to get out of. A glutton is a person who eats a lot.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. glotoun, glotun, F. glouton, fr. L. gluto, glutto,. See Glut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. glouton—L. gluton-emgluttīre, to devour.


In literature:

But thou dost feed gluttonously at the table of an absent chief.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
The gluttonous Teddy stuffed his fists into his eyes and lifted up his voice.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Another man had on his back a table and was carrying a plate, a knife, fork, spoon and napkin; he was a glutton.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
I'm a glutton, I can tell you.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
A glutton is the worst: for the rest 'Tis difficult to tell the best.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
When I've been over here a month you'll find me a glutton for hardship.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
We've played the part of selfish and greedy gluttons so long that we fancy our privileges have turned into rights.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
They are not gluttons.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
There was no getting any work out of that Spot; and to make up for it, he was the biggest pig-glutton of a dog I ever saw.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Therefore it cannot be this which "holds" any reader but a mere novice or a glutton for garbage.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury

In poetry:

"In misery and penal woes
Must end a glutton's joys;
And learn how ogres punish those
Who dare to eat good boys.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The glutton groans, and loathes to eat,
His soul abhors delicious meat;
Nature, with heavy loads oppressed,
Would yield to death to be released.
"Psalm 107 part 3" by Isaac Watts
In the sweet soon-to-be,
When we open our NEWS,
Or our AGE or D.T.
Or whate'r we peruse,
"The Over-Fed Fuse" by C J Dennis
Possessed by a demon a negress
Wants to taste a girl-child saddened by new fruits
Unlawful ones too under the ragged dress,
This glutton’s ready to try a trick or two:
"A Negress" by Stephane Mallarme
Women all, hear the call,
The pitiless call of War!
Look your last on your dearest ones,
Brothers and husbands, fathers, sons:
Swift they go to the ravenous guns,
The gluttonous guns of War.
"The Call (France, August 1st, 1914)" by Robert W Service
After this banquet my soul doth say grace,
And praise thee for 't, and zealously embrace
Thy love, though I think thy love in this case
To be as gluttons, which say 'midst their meat,
They love that best of which they most do eat.
"TO Mr.T.W." by John Donne

In news:

Gluttonous Rite Survives Without Silverware .
Every time she'd come back into their apartment , June was being all gluttonous, eating three meals a day.
It's the most gluttonous day of the year.
Black Friday Gluttons Set To Go Posted Wednesday, November 21, at 12:48 PM.
We heard the average gluttonous American will consume some 4,500 calories this Thanksgiving Day, according to the Calorie Control Council.
And "No Way to Treat a First Lady" is a literary feast fit for a glutton.
The surprising answer, gluttons and gourmands, is the fire house on Pico near Overland.
Ever a glutton for bad fortunes , I stopped by the installation again and asked if WLRN would meet its pledge drive goals.
But our appetite for USB-connected devices is still gluttonous.
With a veritable arsenal of Gibson guitars and 6,500 flame throwing concerts under my belt, so far, I have turned the skulls of millions of fun musical gluttons to a fine dust over the past 50 years.
Sam Ftorek is a glutton for punishment.
The White House's Thanksgiving dinner this year will start with the superfood of kale and end with a glutton's share of pie, according to ObamaFoodarama, an independent blog that shares food and nutrition news from the White House.
Born and bred in England, Sarah Pinault is a mother, writer, craft junkie, and a glutton for the written word.
He was a glutton, a drug addict, an absentee father.
Bill O Reilly must be a glutton for punishment.