This week I used the word GLUGGY in one of my facebook groups, only to be informed by one of my friends in the group that he didn’t know the word and had to look up its meaning. Upon further discussion it turned out gluggy is not a word used often in North America.
I confess this astonished me. It’s a word we use fairly often here. (No, not like once a day, or anything…) I never thought of it as being Australian, but a quick Google search of current common use online suggests that maybe it is.
In fact, Google substitutes “sticky” for just about every search for gluggy origins, etymology and first use I’ve tried.
Nonetheless, if you try really hard, you can find definitions for gluggy online:
According to Wiktionary, gluggy is the adjectival form of glug used to describe a substance (normally liquid, specifically viscous) which moves slowly or with some resistance.
(Glug, in case you were wondering, is the sound made when a liquid is poured out of a jug or bottle… and the amount of liquid issued from a jug or bottle when the “glug” sound is heard….) — Does anyone else think these definitions of gluggy and glug are inconsistent?
Urban Dictionary defines gluggy as a word to describe a soggy, uncooked piece of bread or dough — Um, Nooo.
Dictionary.com has no definition for gluggy. Nor does the Oxford dictionary online. Unfortunately the Macquarie Dictionary (Australian) requires me to login and I don’t appear to have a printed copy…
This does all seem to indicate it’s quite an unusual word outside of Australia. Which I find fascinating.
For the record, the context in which I used the word gluggy was to describe thick jam… and it’s frequently used here to describe cooked rice that has too much water in it and gets a bit sticky.
So now I’m interested in other thoughts about this word. Why not try using it in a sentence in the comments?
I’ll go first: Feet bare, I squelched through the warm, gluggy mud, smiling as it oozed between my toes.