A person who competes in eating contests.
Example Citations:
And when it was over, there was greatness: The winner was tiny, 98-pound Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who broke her old world's record and set a new one by scarfing 46 crab cakes in 10 minutes. ...
Maybe you've heard of Thomas, who is 38, manages a Burger King at Andrews Air Force Base and is the darling — and No.1-ranked American "gurgitator" — of something called the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) tour.
— Kevin Cowherd, "It's no gag when the Black Widow sits down to eat," Baltimore Sun, May 2, 2006
One of the nice things about having dinner with Pat Bertoletti: You never have to feel as if you've overeaten, even if you make a complete pig of yourself. He's the nation's fourth-ranked competitive eater according to the International Federation of Competitive Eating (, which regulates and promotes the growing sport and last year doled out about $247,000 in prize money nationwide to top "gorgers," "masticators" and "gurgitators," to use eating circuit lingo.
— "Big-time eater," Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2006
Earliest Citation:
George Shea is president of the International Federation of Competitive Eaters, a Manhattan-based organization that sanctions events and tracks nearly 100 active ''gurgitators'' on the circuit. ''Long Island is a hotbed of eating,'' he said when asked why so many Long Islanders are world-ranked gluttons.
— Marcelle S. Fischler, "Champion Overeaters, and Proud of It," The New York Times, January 27, 2002
This word is a trademark of the International Federation of Competitive Eating:, and the trademark description lists a first use of December 13, 2001.
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