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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.
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