gulp

verb
\ ˈgəlp How to pronounce gulp (audio) \
gulped; gulping; gulps

Definition of gulp

transitive verb

1 : to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one swallow
2 : to keep back as if by swallowing gulp down a sob
3 : to take in readily as if by swallowing gulp down knowledge

intransitive verb

: to catch the breath as if in taking a long drink

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Other Words from gulp

gulp noun
gulper noun

Examples of gulp in a Sentence

She told him not to gulp his food. The exhausted racers lay on the ground, gulping air. The exhausted racers were gulping for air. I gulped nervously before beginning my speech. “That's a lot of money,” she gulped. He gulped back tears as he thanked the rescuers.
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At least one of the inmates who overdosed had grabbed a cup of Methadone from a tray and gulped it after a nurse had left the window. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Methadone medication errors cause five overdoses at York prison for women as correction department grapples with opiate epidemic and understaffing," 17 July 2019 Don't be tempted to gulp down cold water as that could cause stomach cramps, according to the CDC. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Almost 40 million Americans under warnings or advisories because of dangerous heat," 10 July 2019 Thus, sick swimmers are the main source of infection—often young children who have yet to master toilet skills and also have more of a tendency to gulp pool water. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hard-to-kill poop parasites that lurk in swimming pools on the rise, CDC warns," 1 July 2019 Especially when replays made available on stadium scoreboards provide all the evidence needed for 43,732 Dodgers fans to collectively gulp. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "San Francisco Giants’ late comeback effort ends in controversy, calls for accountability," 21 June 2019 To breathe below the surface, most fish gulp down water, sending oxygen circulating throughout the body via blood vessels found in the animal’s gill chambers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Coffinfish Can Hold Their Breath for Up to Four Minutes on the Ocean Floor," 1 July 2019 An often sobering and frequently funny examination of obsession, loss, and loneliness in America, Killing and Dying is a book that can be gulped down in a couple of hours but is worth savoring. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019 The sargassum fish immediately gulped it down in its large mouth. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "Life in the North Atlantic depends on this floating seaweed," 12 June 2019 Yet the big challenge Wright, whose own residence has also been gulped up and rendered unlivable, is now grappling with is how and when to allow people to come back in safely. Fox News, "Forcibly evacuated and destroyed: a small Oklahoma town almost washed from the map in historic floods," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of gulp

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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More Definitions for gulp

gulp

verb

English Language Learners 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)

gulp

verb
\ ˈgəlp How to pronounce gulp (audio) \
gulped; gulping

Kids Definition of gulp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gulp

noun

Kids Definition of gulp (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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