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  • 1An excessively greedy eater.

    ‘Not only does pushing and shoving seem undignified, but such behaviour immediately marks the offender as a greedy glutton who has not been able to enjoy the best.’
    • ‘Surely gluttons shouldn't encourage overeating.’
    • ‘They would have us believe that these tubes are just kinda put into the ducks mouths and these ducks are just happy gluttons swallowing it all down voluntarily.’
    • ‘Though the Romans emulated all things Greek, it is said that ‘they became gluttons, rather than gourmets’.’
    • ‘Inuit did have the concept of gluttony, but an Inuit glutton was instead marked by the tendency to withhold food from others.’
    • ‘Kept alive today more by photographers than painters, it began to emit its last gasps as a vehicle for Pop Artists in the 1960s and 1970s who wanted to revel in a consumer mania that made those Netherlandish gluttons look abstemious.’
    • ‘Fast-food companies made an important discovery: consumers were reluctant to buy two boxes of, say, popcorn because they feared people might think they were gluttons, but they were happy to pay a little more for jumbo-sized boxes.’
    • ‘I know, I know, a gluten free recipe wouldn't hurt us gluten gluttons, but with an impending lay-off and potential grad school fees, I'm really not all that excited on spending money we might need for rent next month.’
    • ‘Any scenes involving food should show the overweight characters as revolting gluttons, with food running out of their mouths and down their shirts as the other people in the room watch in stunned horror.’
    • ‘Bears also hibernate during the winter, as most of us wish to do and they awake in spring as gluttons ingesting anything they can get their hands on - not unlike many offensive linemen in the CFL.’
    • ‘After all, barbecue is best with fatty meats, and the food here looks more designed for calorie-counting nouveaus than Atkins gluttons.’
    • ‘I thought gluttons were supposed to enjoy themselves.’
    • ‘Starving men may think much about food, but so do gluttons; the gorged, as well as the famished, like titillations.’
    • ‘How brutal and cruel are the gluttons who eat them!’
    • ‘So my advice to fellow gluttons is to skip a meal.’
    • ‘They didn't ask any questions about chocolate, which accounts for her not being lumped in with the gluttons.’
    • ‘As noted above, gluttons should drink the milk and not let it go to waste.’
    • ‘There's an immodest bather, drunkards, a glutton (whose stomach does his talking for him), a fool, a woman, a monk, three choristers and a nun - all with a particular story to impart.’
    • ‘In any event, unless he's a glutton, he couldn't ‘put away’ 30 kilos each of beef, pork, steaks, shrimp and more within two months.’
    • ‘The expatriate is a glutton, cannot deny himself the sweet and hot, aware that his food may not be served tomorrow, that he must take advantage of this invitation and eat well at the host's table.’
    gourmand, gourmandizer, overeater, gorger, binge eater, big eater
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    1. 1.1A person who is excessively fond of or always eager for something.
      ‘ a glutton for adventure’
      • ‘He's a real terrier, a glutton for work, and has been very enthusiastic all season.’
      • ‘Garnett has readily accepted the bait - he's a glutton for assuming responsibility - going so far as to deploy his now-infamous war armament analogy in explaining what he'll bring to tonight's contest.’
      • ‘She is a glutton for experience and was soon experimenting with sex, drugs and books which reflected those concerns - Henry Miller, Marguerite Duras and the writers of the beat generation.’
      • ‘Still, I'm always a glutton for opportunities to add just one more little thing or polish the text just a little more.’
      • ‘I was an adolescent numb to yuletide cheer, a glutton for material sustenance, mainly of the toy variety.’
      • ‘Quito, who had only run at Haydock just five days earlier, is a glutton for work and is set to return to York next month when he may run twice at the prestigious royal fixture.’
      • ‘No, I am not a glutton for drama, even if it does tend to pique my appetite.’
      • ‘But then Harry, a glutton for novelty, will drink from any passing puddle or unusual container that comes his way.’
      • ‘To his dying day, in spite of his busy work load, he was a glutton for work.’
      • ‘Whatever his appetites in other areas, he has always been a glutton for cricket.’
      • ‘To run it (the government) was well beyond the powers of such a glutton for work and government as Philip: it overwhelmed his subnormal successors.’
      • ‘I've become a glutton for bodybuilding knowledge, devouring whatever books, magazines and research I can find on training, nutrition and volition.’
      • ‘As a glutton for hockey, give me the quarterfinals.’
      • ‘And if you are a glutton for pain, the acting is just as bad as the dialogue.’
      • ‘During all of this I remained a glutton for books gastronomic.’
      • ‘All the tech you covered will come to naught unless immediate attention is given to electrical generation and conservation, because solid-state device technologies are all power gluttons.’
      • ‘‘We're attention gluttons,’ he commented, winking.’
      • ‘So will our cities all end up as energy gluttons dominated by rats, starlings and cockroaches?’
      • ‘Even if you leave alone Americans' status as the world's worst energy gluttons, you could end U.S. dependence on foreign oil through a population shift alone.’
      • ‘These players were risk gluttons and there was absolutely no protest or discipline from the marketplace, until recently.’
  • 2

    another term for wolverine, especially the European species





    a glutton for punishment
    • A person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.

      ‘There are even do-it-yourself waxing kits, but unless you're a glutton for punishment, it's pretty hard to put yourself through such torture and it can get very messy.’
      • ‘From fit 20-year-olds just hoping to drop the last five kilos to 60-year-olds wanting to stay in shape and challenge themselves, it seems there is no shortage of gluttons for punishment.’
      • ‘We are obviously gluttons for punishment, as we decided to follow that up with a full-blown tour around the shops - we needed to buy a present for a friend, use some vouchers that we'd received as a present and Akra needed new slippers.’
      • ‘But some women seem to be gluttons for punishment.’
      • ‘And we really are gluttons for punishment, since we do this every year.’
      • ‘Aren't all these modern, stressed-out mothers simply gluttons for punishment?’
      • ‘And you thought I was a glutton for punishment?’
      • ‘If you're a real glutton for punishment, drop me a line and I'll send it on to you.’
      • ‘A glutton for punishment, she also signed up for a Masters in Modern Drama Studies and, because of the way the modules fell, she actually graduated the Masters programme before graduating the B.A.’
      • ‘Yesterday I was thinking, with all the offers I turned down, all the other houses I could have designed for, I must have some really weird kind of death wish or be a total glutton for punishment.’


Middle English from Old French gluton, from Latin glutto(n-) related to gluttire ‘to swallow’, gluttus ‘greedy’, and gula ‘throat’.