• Gorge


    • UK IPA: /ɡɔːdÊ’/
    • US IPA: /gɔɹdÍ¡Ê’/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)dÊ’

    Origin 1

    From Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin gurga.

    Full definition of gorge



    (plural gorges)
    1. A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides; a ravine.
      • 1956, Delano Ames, Crime out of Mind Chapter 7, Our part of the veranda did not hang over the gorge, but edged the meadow where half a dozen large and sleek horses had stopped grazing to join us.
    2. The throat or gullet.
      • SpenserWherewith he gripped her gorge with so great pain.
      • ShakespeareNow, how abhorred! ... my gorge rises at it.
    3. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl.
      • SpenserAnd all the way, most like a brutish beast,
        He spewed up his gorge, that all did him detest.
    4. A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction.an ice gorge in a river
    5. (architecture) A concave moulding; a cavetto.
    6. (nautical) The groove of a pulley.


    1. (reflexive, often followed by on) To eat greedily and in large quantities.They gorged themselves on chocolate and cake.
    2. To swallow, especially with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities.
      • JohnsonThe fish has gorged the hook.
    3. To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate.
      • DrydenGorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite.
      • AddisonThe giant, gorged with flesh, and wine, and blood,
        Lay stretch'd at length and snoring in his den...

    Derived terms

    Origin 2

    Shortened from gorgeous.



    1. (UK, slang) Gorgeous.Oh, look at him: isn't he gorge?


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