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gargle

gar·gle

gargle

pronunciation:
gar gl
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: gargled, gargles, gargling
definition: to tip the head back and breathe out through a liquid held at the back of the throat.
He gargled saltwater to soothe his sore throat.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a liquid used for gargling.
derivation: gargler (n.)
Word History
Gargle comes from gargouille, an early French word that means "throat." Gargoyle comes from the same French word. The open mouths of gargoyles were often made into water spouts.
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