Definition of gorge in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡɔːdʒ/


1A narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.
Example sentences
  • Their great pale grey slopes are breached all along the coast by a number of steep, rocky gorges with towering vertical walls.
  • The hour-long flight takes in both sections of the Gregory National Park and passes over luxuriant river valleys, yawning gorges, rocky ravines and a chain of magnificent flattop sandstone mesas.
  • The obstacles created by the highlands, valleys, and gorges found in the mountain regions fostered strong cultural and linguistic differences.
ravine, canyon, gully, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley;
chasm, abyss, gulf
British dialect chine, bunny
Northern English  clough, gill, thrutch;
Scottish  cleuch, heugh;
North American  gulch, coulee, flume;
American Spanish arroyo, barranca, quebrada;
Indian  nullah, khud;
South African  sloot, kloof, donga
rare khor
2 archaic The throat.
Example sentences
  • Sinking his teeth into her gorge, he grotesquely tore her throat out.
  • Still both not feeling 100%, Takuto coughing and with a hurting left knee and I with a sore gorge, we left Parral on a blue sky morning.
2.1 Falconry The crop of a hawk.
Example sentences
  • Of the roughage used for falcons in captivity, there are two kinds: plumage and cotton, the latter of which is generally in pellets about the size of hazelnuts, made of soft fine cotton, and conveyed into the hawk's gorge after supper.
  • They are afterwards ejected from the mouth in somewhat of an egg-shape, and cleanse the gorge.
3A narrow rear entrance to a bastion, outwork, or other fortification.
Example sentences
  • Leaders of combat teams should know where to set up an ambush - on the roads and paths along cornices and gorges, on slopes forming entrances to gorges, in populated centers and so on.
  • He then saw a group of soldiers pinned down at the entrance of the gorge.
  • First, waves of US planes dropped more than 40 bombs on their positions, concentrated in the gorge that provides entrance to the city.
4A mass of ice obstructing a narrow passage, especially a river.
Example sentences
  • It is of record that fifty years ago an ice gorge formed near here.
  • Like a gorge of ice in a river, once the first obstructing block breaks loose, the whole mass begins to move and the blockade is gone.


[no object]
Eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food: they gorged themselves on Cornish cream teas
More example sentences
  • Instead, they will be too busy customising their character with hairstyles and tattoos, or getting fat by gorging on junk food.
  • Again, it goes back to social expectation - being able to gorge on food has now become a sort of unconsidered fashion.
  • It is said that he once excluded all other foods, gorging only on broccoli prepared in the Apician manner for an entire month.
stuff, cram, fill;
glut, satiate, sate, surfeit, overindulge, overfill, overeat
informal pig
eat greedily/hungrily, guzzle, gobble, bolt, gulp (down), swallow hurriedly, devour, wolf, cram, binge-eat
informal tuck into, put/pack away, demolish, polish off, scoff (down), down, stuff (down), murder, shovel down, stuff one's face (with), nosh
British informal gollop, shift
Northern Irish informal gorb
North American informal scarf (down/up), snarf (down/up), inhale
rare raven, gluttonize, gourmandize, ingurgitate


one's gorge rises

One is sickened or disgusted: the pork smelt rancid and his gorge rose
More example sentences
  • But the fellow is so blaringly (sorry, glaringly) mendacious and so sickeningly politically correct - in short, so palpably a 21st century man - that my gorge rises.
  • God, just when I try to think of more to say about the show, my gorge rises and I can't imagine that any network concerned about the quality of programming, would have canceled it.
  • He may have to swallow his gorge, but unlike that of so many I see in the libertarian and patriot movements, at least his gorge rises.



Example sentences
  • You'll probably get more drops from the feeders and gorgers, they seem to drop stuff more often.
  • When the gorger was found as a little kitten he was starving and has yet to stop eating.
  • It was hypothesized that gorgers would have lower metabolic rates, more body fat, lower energy and higher fat intakes, and more pathological eating attitudes than non-gorgers.


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French gorger, from gorge 'throat', based on Latin gurges 'whirlpool'. The noun originally meant 'throat' and is from Old French gorge; sense 1 of the noun dates from the mid 18th century.

  • The Old French word gorge meant ‘throat’ and was adopted into English with the same meaning, hence to gorge yourself is to shovel food down your throat. It came to mean ‘the contents of the stomach’, and when we talk about someone's gorge rising in disgust it is in this sense. A gorge is also a narrow valley between hills, a sense that emerged in the middle of the 18th century from the idea of this geographical feature being narrow like a throat.

Words that rhyme with gorge

engorge, forge, George

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