Meaning of gurgle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡəːɡ(ə)l/

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[no object]
  • 1Make a hollow bubbling sound like that made by water running out of a bottle.

    ‘my stomach gurgled’
    • ‘Gabrielle splashed happily, gurgling as the warm water trickled down her front.’
    • ‘Katie heard the distinct sounds of water gurgling and wind whistling though caves in the rock.’
    • ‘Several bottles of fine Chardonnay gurgled in Ted's pack.’
    • ‘But she was taking her sweet time and my stomach was gurgling in protest, so I wandered over the supermarket for some chocolate.’
    • ‘Plus he could here his stomach gurgling out of hunger of a full hectic day that included no meal time whatsoever.’
    • ‘My stomach is gurgling, turning over and over inside my belly.’
    • ‘I cough, my stomach growling and gurgling, my whole body shaking, which disturbs the creature and makes it shift more.’
    • ‘I can feel my stomach gurgling and any minute now it's going to make some noise.’
    • ‘Almost immediately after that, my stomach gurgled.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled, anticipating the moment coming.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled once more and I stared him down.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled as I closed the door with a sigh.’
    • ‘As if in answer, my stomach growled and gurgled loudly.’
    • ‘My stomach gurgled uneasily and I felt my face flush green.’
    • ‘Orangutans, gorillas, and their ape relatives, meanwhile, will ineffectually thrash around in deep water or simply gurgle and sink.’
    • ‘After a minute or two, I can feel the mud burbling and gurgling next to my skin, beneath the clingfilm.’
    • ‘James gurgled with what sounded like glee, though I reasoned babies that young shouldn't know about glee yet.’
    • ‘Once I got settled in a sitting position, my stomach decided to gurgle and I had realized for the first time in days that I was hungry.’
    • ‘From somewhere far away, a fountain gurgled and splashed.’
    • ‘Her often unintelligible language is as nascent as the land itself; sounds not yet words gurgle like the very volcanoes that created her native surroundings.’
    babble, burble, tinkle, bubble, ripple, murmur, purl, lap, trickle, splash
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    1. 1.1with adverbial of direction (of a liquid) run or flow with a gurgling sound.
      ‘the rain gurgled along the gutters’
      • ‘Yet below the mesquite bosk that edges the bed of Cienagua Creek, water gurgles up and flows intermittently from a mostly underground stream.’
      • ‘Water gurgled down in streams from the tin roof.’
      • ‘From the floor of the second pitch, the water gurgles down a tight rift, but our route is along a traverse following a washed-out shale band.’
      • ‘The water gurgles between golden sand banks and rugged grey granite boulders that have given one island its name, Elephantine.’
      • ‘Just outside my sala a small stream gurgles its way over a waterfall down to an ornamental lake.’
      • ‘Once the water was gurgling through the machine, Clara collapsed into a chair at the table out of breath and limp from the effort.’
      • ‘A terracotta pot stands at the top of the feature, with water gurgling out into the pool below.’
      • ‘There was no bridge, but flat ferry-rafts winched their way across it on heavy cables, and icy, slate-gray water gurgled under a dull, pewter sky.’
      • ‘I splashed the cool water on my face and watched as the steady stream flowed from the faucet into the porcelain basin and gurgled down the drain.’
      • ‘Water gurgled out of the rock, catching the desert sun like a shimmering, living jewel.’
      • ‘Water gurgled up out of the hole and the ice around it began to leak through long fissures.’
      • ‘When the water got cold I kicked the faucet and let it run until water gurgled into the overflow.’
      • ‘On the winding cobblestone streets of Lijiang's old town, canals and streams gurgled beneath gently sloping foot bridges.’
      • ‘Then, it turns into a stream that gurgles past sleepy hamlets and sylvan surroundings.’
      • ‘We stopped near a small spring that gurgled its way through the dense forest of rocks.’
      • ‘As the stream gurgles through the mountain into the valley, a young shepherd tends to the cattle, seated under a large tree.’
      • ‘The water from twin streams gurgled over sculpted rocks on either side and collected into kidney shaped pools where rainbow-coloured carp circled and fed.’
      • ‘Water gurgled out of the rock, catching the desert sun like a shimmering, living jewel.’
      • ‘A small crystalline brook gurgled over worn round stones as it ran to its destination.’
      • ‘A brook gurgled by peacefully and there, nestled against the coniferous trees, was a hut.’
      run, move, go along, course, pass, proceed, glide, slide, drift, circulate, trickle, dribble, drizzle, spill, gurgle, babble, ripple
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    2. 1.2(of a baby) make a contented sound.
      ‘the baby snuggled closer to Julie and gurgled’
      • ‘Come the end of January there will be a brand new bouncing baby gurgling away.’
      • ‘He pushed the pram straight, his little baby boy inside, gurgling at the world.’
      • ‘Her granddaughter, too young to walk, gurgles from the foot of the bed.’
      • ‘A baby is more than pretty little clothes on a gurgling bundle in the best pram around.’
      • ‘She remembered the beautiful sweet natured baby gurgling happily in her arms.’
      • ‘Note the toddler ' gurgling in her high chair ' at the end of stanza two.’
      • ‘In my earliest years ' just another day ' would have involved gurgling around in nappies.’
      • ‘I couldn't take my eyes off the baby, which stopped crying and started to stare at me and then smiled and gurgled.’
      • ‘Even as a baby she did not gurgle or babble in her cot and instead remained silent.’
      • ‘At the party Lillian Rose, wearing the rosebud dress bought by Yvonne, gurgled happily in her cot.’
      • ‘As they gurgle and coo and laugh like crazy we realise they still possess something we have lost.’
      • ‘She planted little kisses across its forehead and it gurgled.’
      • ‘The other daughter is only a few months old and hasn't yet made it past cooing and gurgling.’
      • ‘"Yama," Shel gurgled, crawling to his mother's lap, leaving the beads he'd been playing with lying in the dirt.’
      • ‘In the first year, babies should " communicate in a variety of ways, including crying, gurgling, babbling and squealing ".’
      • ‘As soon as the researchers restored real-time communication, the baby resumed gurgling and kicking its feet contentedly.’
      • ‘We decided to have bits of running commentary and you often hear the baby gurgling in the background.’
      • ‘Little Eve is coming on nicely and is sitting up and gurgling and vocalising.’
      • ‘The little girl gurgled at her aunt.’
      • ‘A baby in diapers makes the gurgling noises appropriate to a baby in diapers; the baby is hit on the hand and wails.’


  • A gurgling sound.

    ‘Catherine gave a gurgle of laughter’
    • ‘I couldn't stop the gurgle of laughter erupting.’
    • ‘He felt a small gurgle of laughter in the back of his throat, at let it come, slipping into a smirk and then morphing into a grin.’
    • ‘The beat is the traditional 4/4 house beat, with plenty of skittering gurgles and found sounds mixed in.’
    • ‘A gurgle, sounding very similar to a laugh, replaced her cries, and a smile graced her face as Trent picked her up.’
    • ‘In the quiet hours before midnight I lay with my ear to the place and heard the trickling as from a spring, the gurgles and sucks and splashings.’
    • ‘I tried to speak, to say that of course I could, but a gurgle was all that sounded.’
    • ‘Lucy pointed, too, and made some gurgles, and even patted the boom mike while the cameras rolled.’
    • ‘A celestial organ devolves into the shrill shrieks of swooping banshees, and deep rumbles sound like the dyspeptic gurgles in a huge beasts' stomach.’
    • ‘Now, add a splash of peach schnapps, then a gurgle or two of Jack Daniels.’
    • ‘Bowel sounds vary greatly in pitch and quality, being low-pitched or high-pitched gurgles or rumbles. ‘Tinkling’ bowel sounds represent bowel obstruction.’
    • ‘The distinctive whining of a straining shield generator sounded, followed by the gurgle of flushing coolant, a desperate attempt by engineering to make the generator last longer.’
    • ‘He heard waves pounding in his ears, the soft gurgle beneath the waves, the silty sound of sand being moved within hidden currents.’
    • ‘From inside, there came the sound of women's chatter, as well as the gurgle of happy babies.’
    • ‘The chirpy gurgles of my child takes away all the unhappiness at the end of a hard day's work.’
    • ‘But the flip side is the footballer who hates to lose, and no matter how cute the tot's gurgles are, he won't lift his father's spirits if Celtic and Ross County succeed where Iceland and Canada failed.’
    • ‘Needless to say I arrived at the meeting and, much to my relief, managed to control myself sufficiently to avoid any embarrassing gurgles…’
    • ‘Continuing upward, we passed an old log barn from which we could hear the companionable gurgles and neck bells of sheep, safely shut away behind a door.’
    • ‘I think I'm fascinated by all the food bits in my kitchen the way new parents are fascinated by all the gurgles and faces on their wee ones.’
    • ‘And then there's these strange noises that sound a bit like a cat only quieter and with occasional gurgles.’
    • ‘They look sweet, they don't answer back, and their thought process is hidden behind gurgles and smiles.’
    babble, babbling, tinkle, bubbling, ripple, rippling, trickling, murmur, murmuring, purling, splashing
    chuckle, chortle, burble, giggle
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Late Middle English imitative, or directly from Dutch gorgelen, German gurgeln, or medieval Latin gurgulare, all from Latin gurgulio ‘gullet’.