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Definition someone who consumes more than they should — especially eating and drinking too much

The expression:  "a glutton for punishment" refers to someone who persist in some activity despite negative consequences (as though loving the punishment)

The expression: "a glutton for whatever" refers to people who like whatever a lot — such that "a glutton for sunshine" loves sunshine.

Gluttony is an instance or a habit of eating or drinking like a glutton.

Much more rarely, glutton can reference a kind of wolverine in northern Eurasia.
  • A glutton is someone who digs his grave with his teeth.
    French Proverb
glutton = someone who regularly eats too much
  • She's a glutton for punishment.
  • I am not a glutton—an explorer of food.
    Erma Bombeck
  • glutton = someone who regularly eats too much
  • Too many Americans are gluttons.
  • At that time, the Catholic church identified seven serious vices: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. These are sometimes referred to as the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • I am not choosing to address these additional challenges just because I feel like it or because I'm a glutton for punishment. I am doing so because they are fundamental to our economic growth and to ensuring that we don't have more crises like this in the future.
    Barack Obama, 2009  --,28804,1889908_1893754_1893871,00.html (retrieved 10/14/09)
  • The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, "Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners."
    Luke 7:34 (NIV)
  • Now there came a certain common tramp who used to go begging all over the city of Ithaca, and was notorious as an incorrigible glutton and drunkard.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
    Proverbs 23:21 (NIV)
  • I'm not a glutton, like Cecilia—but I'm afraid I shall want some lunch.
    Wilkie Collins  --  I Say No
  • When nobody eats the last chile on the plate, it's usually because none of them wants to look like a glutton, so even though they'd really like to devour it, they don't have the nerve to take it.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • glutton = a person who regularly eats to excess
  • "Gluttons for punishment, are they?" the judge chuckled before continuing.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • gluttons = people who persist in some activity despite harmful or unpleasant consequences
  • What is the meaning of all this gluttony, this waste, this self-indulgence?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • gluttony = eating or drinking to excess
  • They don't want to look like gluttons.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • gluttons = people who regularly eat or drink to excess
  • This has largely been effected by concentrating all our efforts on gluttony of Delicacy, not gluttony of Excess.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • gluttony = an instance or habit of doing more of something than is good
  • The gluttonous seagulls had brazenly eaten chunks torn from his chest and were now on to something else—a herring or a clam.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • gluttonous = regularly eating to excess
  • Then some is gluttons.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • gluttons = people who regularly eat or drink to excess
  • Half an hour later he was sitting in front of the blank screen, thinking he had to be a glutton for punishment.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • A thick glutinous liquid splattered onto the office floor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He is all these things; but he is also like an apple, after a prolonged and gluttonous binge.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye

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