Definition of gargle in English:
- After lunch I felt so bad I dissolved some aspirin in warm water, gargled noisily and swallowed gratefully.
- Hot showers, a humidifier, and gargling with warm saltwater aid drainage, shrink inflamed membranes and soothe sore-throat pain.
- Traditionally patients are advised to gargle with saline, often with the addition of sodium bicarbonate.
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- The muted, standard exhaust is now more of a burbling gargle with undertones of thunder.
- The usual song is a cacophony of gargles, chitters and squawks.
- Myrrh resins and tinctures have also been used as a gargle and mouthwash, made by steeping one teaspoon of myrrh in one pint of boiling water for a few minutes, to treat gum infections, coughs and other chest problems.
- The infusion of the leaves is a gargle for sore throat.
- Take honey on its own or make a gargle by mixing two tablespoons of set honey with four tablespoons of cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.
- Still, it's better than the salt-water gargle many people recommend for sore throats.
Early 16th century: from French gargouiller 'gurgle, bubble', from gargouille 'throat' (see gargoyle).
The words gargle and gargoyle (Middle English) are closely related, linked by the idea of throats. Gargle comes from French gargouiller ‘to gurgle or bubble’, from gargouille ‘throat’. A gargoyle, a grotesque figure of a human or animal carved on a building, especially one that acts as a waterspout, with water passing through its throat and mouth came from the same source.
- British & World English dictionary
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