verb \ˈgəlp\

: 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)

Full Definition of GULP

transitive verb
:  to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one swallow
:  to keep back as if by swallowing <gulp down a sob>
:  to take in readily as if by swallowing <gulp down knowledge>
intransitive verb
:  to catch the breath as if in taking a long drink
gulp noun
gulp·er noun

Examples of GULP

  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

GULPING Defined for Kids


verb \ˈgəlp\

Definition of GULP for Kids

:  to swallow in a hurry or in large amounts at a time
:  to breathe in deeply <Roy turned his head away to gulp some fresh air. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>
:  to keep back as if by swallowing <He gulped down a sob.>
:  to say in a nervous way <“Oops,” she gulped.>



Definition of GULP for Kids

:  the act of swallowing or breathing deeply
:  a large swallow


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