Definition of gourmandize in English:


(also gormandize) (British gourmandise)

Pronunciation /ˈɡo͝ormənˌdīz/ /ˈɡʊrmənˌdaɪz/

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Eat good food, especially to excess.

    • ‘Fat and homely, he womanizes and gourmandizes and pulls tablecloths out from under dishes.’
    • ‘But when Neptune is afflicted in Taurus it gives a sensuous and passionate nature and a strong tendency to gourmandize which in time is bound to bring trouble and sorrow in its wake.’
    • ‘Don't gourmandize, and don't drink to excess.’


  • The action of indulging in or being a connoisseur of good eating.

    • ‘Napoleon's love of gourmandise was nurtured young on his native island.’
    • ‘I guess my gourmandise runs deep.’
    • ‘His interest in gourmandise caused him to taste its flesh, which he found delicious and certainly better than most of our chickens.’


Late Middle English (as a noun): from French gourmandise, from gourmand; the verb dates from the mid 16th century.



/ˈɡo͝ormənˌdīz/ /ˈɡʊrmənˌdaɪz/