|Origin:||Probably from gob|
|Origin:||From the sound|
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.
to make a sound like a turkey
—gobble noun [countable]
gobble sth↔ upphrasal verb
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.
to quickly use a lot of a supply of something such as money or land:
Inflation has gobbled up our wage increases.
to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or greedy way:
We gobbled up all of the cake in one evening.