(noun) the sound produced while gargling

gargle, mouthwash

(noun) a medicated solution used for gargling and rinsing the mouth

gargle, rinse

(verb) rinse one’s mouth and throat with mouthwash; “gargle with this liquid”


(verb) utter with gargling or burbling sounds

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


gargle (third-person singular simple present gargles, present participle gargling, simple past and past participle gargled)

(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

(intransitive) to make a sound like the one made while gargling

(transitive) to clean a specific part of the body by gargling (almost always throat or mouth)

(transitive) to use (a liquid) for purposes of cleaning one's mouth or throat by gargling.


gargle (plural gargles)

a liquid used for gargling

the sound of gargling

(slang) lager, drink


• mouthwash

Etymology 2


gargle (plural gargles)

Obsolete form of gargoyle.


• gregal, lagger, raggle

Source: Wiktionary

Gar"gle, n. (Arch.)

Definition: See Gargoyle.

Gar"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Garggled, p. pr. & vb. n. Gargling ( Etym: [F. gargouiller to dabble, paddle, gargle. Cf. Gargoyle, Gurgle.]

1. To wash or rinse, as the mouth or throat, particular the latter, agitating the liquid (water or a medicinal preparation) by an expulsion of air from the lungs.

2. To warble; to sing as if gargling [Obs.] Waller.

Gar"gle, n.

Definition: A liquid, as water or some medicated preparation, used to cleanse the mouth and throat, especially for a medical effect.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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