- a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.
- a deep hollow; chasm or abyss.
- any wide separation, as in position, status, or education.
- something that engulfs or swallows up.
- to swallow up; engulf.
Origin of gulf
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Examples from the Web for gulfed
Cameron is gulfed, together with other three Trinity scholars!The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)
They were redeeming their characters; they had not settled down into the ordinary or been gulfed in the slough of the commonplace.Tristram of Blent
And how can we, gulfed as we are in this present whirlpool, conceive rightly the glory which awaits us?Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure
- a large deep bay
- a deep chasm
- something that divides or separates, such as a lack of understanding
- something that engulfs, such as a whirlpool
- (tr) to swallow up; engulf
- the Persian Gulf
- the Gulf of Carpentaria
- (modifier)of, relating to, or adjoining the GulfGulf country
- NZ the Hauraki Gulf
Word Origin and History for gulfed
late 14c., "profound depth;" geographic sense is c.1400; from Old French golf "a gulf, whirlpool," from Italian golfo "a gulf, a bay," from Late Latin colfos, from Greek kolpos "bay, gulf," earlier "trough between waves, fold of a garment," originally "bosom," the common notion being "curved shape," from PIE *kwelp- "to arch, to vault" (cf. Old English hwealf, a-hwielfan "to overwhelm"). Latin sinus underwent the same development, being used first for "bosom," later for "gulf." Replaced Old English sæ-earm. Figurative sense of "a wide interval" is from 1550s. The Gulf Stream (1775) takes its name from the Gulf of Mexico.
- A large body of ocean or sea water that is partly surrounded by land.