glutton vs trencherman what difference

what is difference between glutton and trencherman



From Old French gloton, gluton, from Latin gluto, glutonis. 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/
  • Hyphenation: glut‧ton
  • Rhymes: -ʌtən


glutton (comparative more glutton, superlative most glutton)

  1. Gluttonous; greedy; gormandizing.
    • A glutton monastery in former ages makes a hungry ministry in our days.


glutton (plural gluttons)

  1. One who eats voraciously, obsessively, or to excess; a gormandizer.
  2. (figuratively) One who consumes voraciously, obsessively, or to excess
  3. (now rare) The wolverine, Gulo gulo.
    • 1791, Joseph Priestley, Letters to Burke, 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

  • glutton for punishment


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.
    • 1604, Michael Drayton, Moses in a Map of his Miracles
      Whereon in Egypt gluttoning they fed.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 75
      Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, / Or gluttoning on all, or all away.

Related terms




trencherman (plural trenchermen)

  1. Alternative form of trencher-man
    • 1954 June 28, “Sport: Bumbling Champ,” Time:
      The heavyweight champion of the world was off his feed. . . . Rocky, ordinarily a first-rate trencherman, was pushing away from the breakfast table after downing only two eggs and a pair of lamb chops.
    • 2020 December 1, Scotch egg ‘starter’ rather than substantial meal,”
      My own preference when it comes to a substantial meal might be more than just a scotch egg but that’s because I’m a hearty trencherman.

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