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This page has 6 definitions of glutton in English. Glutton is an adjective, noun and verb. Examples of how to use glutton in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



Middle English, from Old French gloton, gluton, from Latin gluto, glutonis (glutton).

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)[1] although it actually derives from Old Norse.[2]



glutton (comparative more glutton, superlative most glutton)

  1. Gluttonous; greedy; gormandizing.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, edited by James Nichols, The Church History of Britain, [], new edition, volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: [] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, [], published 1837, →OCLC:
      A glutton monastery in former ages makes a hungry ministry in our days.
      The spelling has been modernized.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV i 3:
      So, so, thou common dog, didst thou disgorge
      Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard?


glutton (plural gluttons)

  1. One who eats voraciously, obsessively, or to excess; a gormandizer.
    Such a glutton would eat until his belly hurts.
  2. (by extension) One who consumes anything voraciously, obsessively, or to excess.
  3. (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 [] .



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glutton (third-person singular simple present gluttons, present participle gluttoning, simple past and past participle gluttoned)

  1. (archaic) To glut; to satisfy (especially an appetite) by filling to capacity.
    • a. 1657, Richard Lovelace, On Sanazar's Hundred Duckets by hte Clarissimi of Venice:
      Glutton'd at last, return at home to pine.
    • 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.'
  2. (obsolete) To glut; to eat voraciously.

Related terms


  1. ^ glutton”, in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ glutton” in Duden online