WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
gob•ble1 /ˈgɑbəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -bled, -bling. 
  1. to swallow or eat quickly or hungrily in large pieces;
    gulp: [~ (+ up/down) + object]We gobbled (up) our lunch.[+ object + up/down]We gobbled it down and ran back.
  2. to seize upon and read eagerly:[+ up + object]She would go and gobble up the books in the library.

gob•ble2 /ˈgɑbəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
v. [no object]
  1. Birdsto make the throaty sound or cry of a male turkey.

n. [countable]
  1. Birdsthe cry itself.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
gob•ble1  (gobəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -bled, -bling. 
  1. to swallow or eat hastily or hungrily in large pieces;
  2. to seize upon eagerly (often fol. by up):After being gone for so long, they gobbled up all the local news.

  1. to eat hastily.
  • 1595–1605; probably imitative; see gob1, -le
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bolt, devour.

gob•ble2  (gobəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
  1. Birdsto make the characteristic throaty cry of a male turkey.

  1. Birdsthe cry itself.
  • variant of gabble 1670–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gobble /ˈɡɒbəl/ vb
  1. when tr, often followed by up: to eat or swallow (food) hastily and in large mouthfuls
  2. (transitive) often followed by up: informal to snatch
Etymology: 17th Century: probably from gob1
gobble /ˈɡɒbəl/ n
  1. the loud rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys
  1. (intransitive) (of a turkey) to make this sound
Etymology: 17th Century: probably of imitative origin

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