gulp

verb \ ˈgəlp \

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

gulp Synonyms

Synonyms
belt (down), drink, guzzle, hoist, imbibe, knock back, pound (down), quaff, sip, slug (down), slurp, sup, swig, swill, toss (down or off)
Related Words
lap, lick, suck; consume, down, ingurgitate, kill, mouth (down), put away; nip, tipple; pledge, toast, wine
Near Antonyms
nibble, peck, pick

GULP Defined for English Language Learners

gulp

verb

Definition of gulp for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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gulp

verb \ ˈgəlp \

Definition of gulp for Students

gulped; gulping
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.

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gulp

noun

Definition of gulp for Students

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


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