• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈɡlʌt(ə)n/


  1. Gluttonous; greedy; gormandizing.
    • :
      A glutton monastery in former ages makes a hungry ministry in our days.

glutton (plural gluttons)

  1. One who eats voraciously, obsessively, or to excess; a gormandizer.
    Such a glutton would eat until his belly hurts.
  2. (figuratively) One who consumes voraciously, obsessively, or to excess
    • circa 1860 Emily Dickinson, Hope is a subtle Glutton:
      Hope is a subtle Glutton / He feeds upon the Fair
  3. (now, rare) The wolverine, Gulo gulo.
    • 1791, Joseph Priestley, Letters to Burke, VII:
      [A] civil establishment […] is the animal called a glutton, which falling from a tree (in which it generally conceals itself) upon some noble animal, immediately begins to tear it, and suck its blood […] .
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Unersättlicher, Unersättliche

glutton (gluttons, present participle gluttoning; past and past participle gluttoned)

  1. (archaic) To glut; to satisfy (especially an appetite) by filling to capacity.
    • Gluttoned at last, return at home to pine.
    • 1915, Journeyman Barber, Hairdresser, Cosmetologist and Proprietor:
      In some cities their [local branches] have become gluttoned with success, and in their misguided overzealous ambition they are 'killing the goose that lays the golden egg.'
  2. (obsolete) To glut; to eat voraciously.
    • Whereon in Egypt gluttoning they fed.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 75
      Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, / Or gluttoning on all, or all away.

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