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gulp

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verb \ˈgəlp\

Simple Definition of gulp

  • : to eat or swallow (something) quickly or in large amounts

  • : to take (air) into your lungs quickly

  • : to swallow because of strong emotion (such as fear or shock)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gulp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one swallow

  3. 2 :  to keep back as if by swallowing <gulp down a sob>

  4. 3 :  to take in readily as if by swallowing <gulp down knowledge>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to catch the breath as if in taking a long drink

gulp noun
gulper noun

Examples of gulp in a sentence

  1. She told him not to gulp his food.

  2. The exhausted racers lay on the ground, gulping air.

  3. The exhausted racers were gulping for air.

  4. I gulped nervously before beginning my speech.

  5. That's a lot of money, she gulped.

  6. He gulped back tears as he thanked the rescuers.



Origin of gulp

Middle English, from a Middle Dutch or Middle Low German word akin to Dutch & Frisian gulpen to bubble forth, drink deep; akin to Old English gielpan to boast — more at yelp


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with gulp


GULP Defined for Kids

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gulp

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verb \ˈgəlp\

Definition of gulp for Students

gulpedgulping

  1. 1 :  to swallow in a hurry or in large amounts at a time

  2. 2 :  to breathe in deeply <Roy turned his head away to gulp some fresh air. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

  3. 3 :  to keep back as if by swallowing <He gulped down a sob.>

  4. 4 :  to say in a nervous way <“Oops,” she gulped.>




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gulp

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noun

Definition of gulp for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of swallowing or breathing deeply

  2. 2 :  a large swallow





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