Definition of gargle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡärɡəl/ /ˈɡɑrɡəl/

Translate gargle into Spanish

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Wash one's mouth and throat with a liquid kept in motion by exhaling through it.

    ‘instruct patients to gargle with warm water’
    • ‘After lunch I felt so bad I dissolved some aspirin in warm water, gargled noisily and swallowed gratefully.’
    • ‘Hot showers, a humidifier, and gargling with warm saltwater aid drainage, shrink inflamed membranes and soothe sore-throat pain.’
    • ‘Traditionally patients are advised to gargle with saline, often with the addition of sodium bicarbonate.’
    • ‘In Malaysia, the ripe fruits were infused with water, then gargled for a sore throat.’
    • ‘For example, someone with a sore throat should gargle with salt water.’
    • ‘For throat infections, try gargling with a tea made from eucalyptus leaves, and then drinking a second cup.’
    • ‘After I gargled and rinsed my mouth I left the bathroom, wiping my hands dry on my way out.’
    • ‘He instructs patients to gargle and swallow or spit out (depending on location of the lesions) 5 to 10 mL at least five times daily until lesions resolve.’
    • ‘This can be used to gargle, rinse the mouth, or take internally to treat sore throats and toothache.’
    • ‘As you know, he used to gargle with hot water before he gave a speech or went on television.’
    • ‘At the first sign of a sore throat start gargling!’
    • ‘Children who are old enough to gargle can try gargling with either double-strength tea or warm, salty water.’
    • ‘The doctor may recommend rinsing or gargling with salt water.’
    • ‘I always shaved, shined my shoes, put on a suit, necktie, and white shirt, slicked back my hair, and gargled with some burning liquid.’
    • ‘Consumption of garlic, onions, spicy foods, aromatic cheeses and alcohol can produce this transient odour irrespective of brushing, flossing or gargling.’
    • ‘Self-help measures for a sore throat include gargling with salt water or sucking on throat lozenges.’
    • ‘Any suggestions for cures - other than my granny's surreal faith in gargling with salt-water, which she seems to believe will heal everything from coughing to pancreatic cancer - gratefully received.’
    • ‘He loved to pull pranks, like pulling a rubber glove over his head, or gargling with hydrogen peroxide to make his tongue turn white, or laying out pixie stick powder in lines and snorting it.’
    • ‘Because when you do gargle with that, you see all that stuff coming out.’
    • ‘Children who are old enough to gargle can try gargling with either double-strength tea or warm, salty water.’


  • 1An act or instance or the sound of gargling.

    ‘a swig and gargle of mouthwash’
    • ‘The muted, standard exhaust is now more of a burbling gargle with undertones of thunder.’
    • ‘The usual song is a cacophony of gargles, chitters and squawks.’
    • ‘Myrrh resins and tinctures have also been used as a gargle and mouthwash, made by steeping one teaspoon of myrrh in one pint of boiling water for a few minutes, to treat gum infections, coughs and other chest problems.’
    • ‘It uttered another stream of noise, this time something between a gargle and a roar.’
    • ‘The sound coming from the other end of the line was such a gargle of noise that she wasn't sure if Dominic was growling or groaning in exasperation.’
    • ‘The translator turned the human language to gargles and scratches.’
    • ‘Darius opened and closed his mouth several times, but the only noise that came out was a shocked gargle.’
    • ‘She heard her make a noise that was like a cross between a shriek and a gargle.’
    • ‘Howard tried to speak but all that came out was an inarticulate, squeaky gargle.’
    • ‘Although the film boasts little dialogue, the sound effects are vital to the film's comic timing - where would we be without that desperate gargle of the fish fountain?’
    • ‘So I bought some, mixed 20 ml with water and went for a good long gargle.’
    • ‘Alcohol-based throat sprays and gargles can minimize bacteria and irritation, but Jones warns that such products may be harmful with prolonged use.’
    1. 1.1usually in singular A liquid used for gargling.
      ‘a gargle for sore throats’
      • ‘The infusion of the leaves is a gargle for sore throat.’
      • ‘Take honey on its own or make a gargle by mixing two tablespoons of set honey with four tablespoons of cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.’
      • ‘Still, it's better than the salt-water gargle many people recommend for sore throats.’
      • ‘Mixed with water it can be employed as a shampoo, a gargle, or for nasal administration (nasya).’
      • ‘The GSE liquid can be used in sprays for skin and feet, on your toothbrush, as a gargle and even added to questionable drinking water when traveling.’
      • ‘It was an important healing agent - the aspirin of its day - and was particularly useful as a rinse or gargle when mixed with water and vinegar.’
      • ‘Sore throats, irritated gums and oral sores can be soothed by a gargle or mouthwash of strong sage tea.’
      • ‘Heating throat compresses in combination with salt-water gargles are two effective hydrotherapies indicated for pharyngitis and lymphadenopathy.’
      • ‘Local anesthesia is applied to the nasal, oral, and laryngeal mucosa by either an atomizer, gargle, nose drops, or pledget.’
      • ‘Until you're feeling better, salt-water gargles, throat lozenges or hot water with honey and lemon can help make having a sore throat easier to swallow.’
      • ‘Massage oils, poultices, steam inhalations, sitz, hand, body and foot baths, gargles and room sprays are the most common methods of administration.’
      • ‘They can come in a wide range of formulations - including syrups, tinctures, lotions, inhalations, gargles and washes.’
      • ‘It is important not to swallow an aspirin gargle when taking other medicines.’
      • ‘I give them general advice on how to manage it, you know painkillers and gargles, and then I'll explain it'll cure itself.’


Early 16th century from French gargouiller ‘gurgle, bubble’, from gargouille ‘throat’ (see gargoyle).