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[guhlp] /gʌlp/
verb (used without object)
to gasp or choke, as when taking large drafts of a liquid.
verb (used with object)
to swallow eagerly, or in large drafts or morsels (often followed by down):
He gulps down his food like a starving man.
to suppress, subdue, or choke back as if by swallowing:
to gulp down a sob.
the act of gulping:
He drank the whole bottle of beer in one gulp.
the amount swallowed at one time; mouthful.
Origin of gulp
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English gulpen (v.); compare Dutch gulpen, Norwegian glupa
Related forms
gulper, noun
gulpingly, adverb
gulpy, adjective
2. wolf, gobble, quaff, bolt, devour, guzzle. Unabridged
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  • Señor Ortega gulped down some more wine and suggested I should tell him who I was.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • It was at this point in his vision of the things that might happen to him that he had gulped.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Dorothy gulped down the lump in her throat, but made no reply.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • Caroline gulped and Miss Honey examined her shoe-ties mutely.

  • Jim gulped down more wine, and Ellis ordered a second bottle.

    The Barrier Allen French
  • "My husband is so—interested in the scheme," she said, and gulped a little at the lie.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Borg, looking like a yawning horse, gulped down another glass of punch.

    The Red Room August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for gulped


(transitive) often foll by down. to swallow rapidly, esp in large mouthfuls: to gulp down food
(transitive) often foll by back. to stifle or choke: to gulp back sobs
(intransitive) to swallow air convulsively, as while drinking, because of nervousness, surprise, etc
(intransitive) to make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
the act of gulping
the quantity taken in a gulp
Derived Forms
gulper, noun
gulpingly, adverb
gulpy, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gulped



late 14c., a native coinage or else from Flemish gulpe or Dutch gulpen "to gush, pour forth, guzzle, swallow," in any case possibly of imitative origin (cf. Swedish dialectal glapa "to gulp down"). Related: Gulped; gulping.


1560s, from gulp (v.), or else from Flemish gulpe, Dutch gulp "stream of water, large draught."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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