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Topic: BIRDS

Sense: 1
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from gob
Sense: 2
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: From the sound

gobble

verb
     
gob‧ble informal
1 also gobble up/down [intransitive and transitive] to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or greedy way [= wolf]:
Don't gobble your food!
She gobbled down her lunch.
2 [intransitive]HBB to make a sound like a turkey
gobble noun [countable]

gobble sth↔ up

phrasal verb
1 if one company gobbles up a smaller company, it buys it and takes control of it:
Air France gobbled up its main French rivals, Air Inter and UTA.
2 to quickly use a lot of a supply of something such as money or land:
Inflation has gobbled up our wage increases.
3 to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or greedy way:
We gobbled up all of the cake in one evening.
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