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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



May 12th, 2015

Episode 193 of 689 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 12, 2015 is: ingurgitate \in-GUR-juh-tayt\ verb : to swallow greedily or in large quantities : guzzle Examples: "Because we always listen to 'the experts,' we make sure to ingurgitate some protein after an extended endurance workout." Christopher Arns, Sacramento (California) Bee August 31, 2013 "The twilight deepens, one talks feelingly about the amorous mysteries, one produces cocktails and goes on talking so that they ingurgitate them absent-mindedly without reflection." Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point, 1928 Did you know? Most people are familiar with regurgitate as a fancy synonym for "throw up," but far fewer know of its rarer antonym ingurgitate. It's a word more likely to turn up in a spelling bee than in a conversation, but it does see occasional use, both literal (as in "ingurgitating red wine") and figurative (as in "ingurgitating artwork"). Regurgitate and ingurgitate (as well as gurgitate, an even rarer synonym of ingurgitate, and gorge, meaning "to eat greedily") can be ultimately traced back to the Latin word for "whirlpool," which is gurges.

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