v. gur·gled, gur·gling, gur·gles
1. To flow in a broken irregular current with a bubbling sound: water gurgling from a bottle.
2. To make a sound similar to this: The baby gurgled with pleasure.
To express or pronounce with a broken, irregular, bubbling sound.
[From Middle English gurguling, a gurgling sound in the abdomen, from Medieval Latin *gurgulāre, to gurgle, from Latin gurguliō, gullet.]
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