• (America) IPA: /ˈɡɑɹɡəl/

gargle (gargles, present participle gargling; past and past participle gargled)

  1. (intransitive) to clean one's mouth by holding water or some other liquid in the back of the mouth and blowing air out from the lungs
  2. (intransitive) to make a sound like the one made while gargling
  3. (transitive) to clean a specific part of the body by gargling (almost always throat or mouth)
  4. (transitive) to use (a liquid) for purposes of cleaning one's mouth or throat by gargling.
    Every morning he gargled a little cheap Scotch.
Translations Translations
  • German: gurgeln
  • Russian: издава́ть бу́лькающий звук
Translations Noun

gargle (plural gargles)

  1. a liquid used for gargling
    • 1861, Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets:
      Take of borax 1 drm., tinc. of myrrh 1/2 oz., clarified honey 1 oz., rose or distilled water, 4 oz.; mix. To be used as a gargle or mouth wash in sore mouth or affection of the gums.
  2. the sound of gargling
  3. (slang) lager, drink
Synonyms Translations
  • French: gargarisme
  • German: Gurgellösung, Gurgelwasser
  • Russian: жи́дкость для полоскание
Translations Noun

gargle (plural gargles)

  1. Obsolete form of gargoyle#English|gargoyle.

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