verb[with object] (often gobble something up)
- 1Eat (something) hurriedly and noisily: he gobbled up the rest of his sandwichMore example sentences
eat greedily/hungrily, guzzle, bolt, gulp, swallow hurriedly, devour, wolf, cram, gorge (oneself) on, gorge oneself• informal tuck into, put/pack away, demolish, polish off, scoff (down), down, stuff (down), murder, shovel down, stuff one's face (with), pig oneself (on), noshBritish • informal gollop, shift
- Any bread left in the kitchenette was gobbled up to the last crumb by our resident elves.
- ‘We think that their eggs would be gobbled up by something if they didn't basically hide them in the gill chamber,’ she said.
- At Aunt Poogee's gentle encouragement, Hope places her special dessert on the table alongside the other family dishes and watches with pride and joy as her peppermint pickles are gobbled up.
- 1.1Use a large amount of (something) very quickly: these old houses just gobble up moneyMore example sentences
- In fact, about four-fifths of your premium is gobbled up by the commission that your lender creams off.
- So, the lower the charges, the less of your money is gobbled up and the better chance you have of matching the market.
- Also, these plans have pretty steep fees, so a large chunk of your money is gobbled up in charges.
- 1.2(Of a large organization) incorporate or take over (a smaller one): this small department was gobbled up by the Ministry of TransportMore example sentences
- Broadcast networks were gobbled up by corporate parents and cable TV began to eat into the number of their viewers.
- Well, if Softbank and Nomura and the rest don't watch out they will be gobbled up too.
- I have a kind of fondness for the old poorly done by clubs like Fitzroy, even if they have been gobbled up by the Lions.
early 17th century: probably from gob1.
- (Of a turkeycock) make a characteristic swallowing sound in the throat.More example sentences
- Back in 1505, turkeys were still gobbling innocently around America.
- A wild turkey gobbled, and we returned to camp for dinner beneath a full moon.
- He had the children stay with him low in the bushes as the turkey gobbled away from inside the bag.
late 17th century: imitative, perhaps influenced by gobble1.