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gargle

gar·gle

gargle

 
pronunciation:
gar gl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: gargled, gargles, gargling
definition 1: to tip the head back and exhale through a liquid held at the back of the throat, as with a medication or mouthwash.
definition 2: to emit a sound like that produced by this action.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to treat (the throat or mouth) by gargling a liquid.
definition 2: to use (a liquid) to treat the throat or mouth by gargling.
definition 3: to utter with a gargling sound.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a liquid intended for use in gargling.
definition 2: the sound of or a sound similar to gargling.
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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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