intransitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- to rinse or wash (the throat) with a liquid kept in motion by the slow expulsion of air from the lungs
- to utter or speak with the sound of gargling
Origin of gargleFrench gargouiller from gargouille, throat, waterspout, gargoyle from echoic base an unverified form garg- from source Classical Greek gargarizein, to gargle, Sanskrit gharghara-h, gurgling
- a liquid used for gargling
- a gargling sound
verbgar·gled, gar·gling, gar·gles
- To force exhaled air through a liquid held in the back of the mouth, with the head tilted back, in order to cleanse or medicate the mouth or throat.
- To produce the sound of gargling when speaking or singing.
- To rinse or medicate (the mouth or throat) by gargling.
- To circulate or apply (a medicine or solution) by gargling.
- To utter with a gargling sound.
- A medicated solution for gargling.
- A gargling sound.
Origin of gargleFrench gargouiller from Old French
(third-person singular simple present gargles, present participle gargling, simple past and past participle gargled)
- (intransitive) to clean one's mouth by holding water or some other liquid in the back of the mouth and blowing air out from the lungs
- (intransitive) to make a sound like the one made while gargling
- to clean a specific part of the body by gargling (almost always throat or mouth)
- to use (a liquid) for purposes of cleaning one's mouth or throat by gargling.
- Every morning he gargled a little cheap Scotch.
- to make a gargling sound.
From Old French gargouiller (“to gargle”), from gargouille (“throat”). Compare gargoyle.
- Obsolete form of gargoyle.