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gulp

[guhlp] /gʌlp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to gasp or choke, as when taking large drafts of a liquid.
verb (used with object)
2.
to swallow eagerly, or in large drafts or morsels (often followed by down):
He gulps down his food like a starving man.
3.
to suppress, subdue, or choke back as if by swallowing:
to gulp down a sob.
noun
4.
the act of gulping:
He drank the whole bottle of beer in one gulp.
5.
the amount swallowed at one time; mouthful.
Origin of gulp
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English gulpen (v.); compare Dutch gulpen, Norwegian glupa
Related forms
gulper, noun
gulpingly, adverb
gulpy, adjective
Synonyms
2. wolf, gobble, quaff, bolt, devour, guzzle.
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Examples from the Web for gulped
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  • Mr. Plimmins gulped down his tea, and kicked Philip under the table.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "If—if you wish a thing you—you get—you get it," she gulped.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • He stopped speaking and only gulped down the risings in his throat.

    Master and Man Leo Tolstoy
  • He gulped the stuff down gratefully, then said, "Tell me your troubles, Hank."

    Spacemen Never Die! Morris Hershman
  • "Ummm, thanks," Marilou said, and gulped down half the contents.

  • Ashbaugh gulped once and passed the back of his hand over his lips.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • He had gulped down his soup and beef hurriedly to be able to wait for her.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for gulped

gulp

/ɡʌlp/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by down. to swallow rapidly, esp in large mouthfuls: to gulp down food
2.
(transitive) often foll by back. to stifle or choke: to gulp back sobs
3.
(intransitive) to swallow air convulsively, as while drinking, because of nervousness, surprise, etc
4.
(intransitive) to make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
noun
5.
the act of gulping
6.
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

gulp

v.

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.

gulp

n.

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

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