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Etymology

From Old French gargouiller 'to gargle', from gargouille 'throat' (>gargoyle)

Verb

Infinitive
to gargle

Third person singular
gargl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to gargle (third-person singular simple present gargl, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  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
    • 1915, Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark
      She hated the poisoned feeling in her throat, and no matter how often she gargled she felt unclean and disgusting.
  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)
    • 1893, Gilbert Parker, Mrs. Falchion
      They don't gargle their throats with anything stronger than coffee at this tavern.
  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.
  5. to make a gargling sound

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Noun

Singular
gargle

Plural
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  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

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