Application of the term to the wolverine was due to the belief that the animal was inordinately voracious, and to the German designation of it as the Vielfraß, which was analyzed as viel (“much”) + fressen (“eat”) although it actually derives from Old Norse.
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡlʌt(ə)n/
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- Hyphenation: glut‧ton
- Rhymes: -ʌtən
glutton (plural gluttons)
- One who eats voraciously, obsessively, or to excess; a gormandizer.
- Such a glutton would eat until his belly hurts.
- (by extension) One who consumes anything voraciously, obsessively, or to excess.
- 1705, George Granville, The British Enchanters:
- "Gluttons in murder, wanton to destroy."
- (now rare) The wolverine, Gulo gulo.
- 1791, Joseph Priestley, Letters to Burke, section VII:
- [A] civil establishment […] is the animal called a glutton, which falling from a tree (in which it generally conceals itself) upon some noble animal, immediately begins to tear it, and suck its blood […] .
- (voracious eater): see Thesaurus:glutton
See also Edit
- (archaic) To glut; to satisfy (especially an appetite) by filling to capacity.
- 1915, Journeyman Barber, Hairdresser, Cosmetologist and Proprietor:
- In some cities their [local branches] have become gluttoned with success, and in their misguided overzealous ambition they are 'killing the goose that lays the golden egg.'
- (obsolete) To glut; to eat voraciously.
- 1604, Michael Drayton, Moses in a Map of his Miracles:
- Whereon in Egypt gluttoning they fed.