- to gasp or choke, as when taking large drafts of a liquid.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for gulped
I gulped down some tea, nibbled at a cookie, and looked around.Inside Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Girl’s Abduction
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I gulped them in a few days and was left in a state of withdrawal.Why Are Cable Companies Forcing People to Turn to Piracy?
November 28, 2012
Sgt. Crowley raised his beer to his lips and gulped, as Professor Gates lectured and gestured.Hype, Hops, and a Hangover
July 30, 2009
Mr. Plimmins gulped down his tea, and kicked Philip under the table.Night and Morning, Complete
"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
He gulped the stuff down gratefully, then said, "Tell me your troubles, Hank."Spacemen Never Die!
"Ummm, thanks," Marilou said, and gulped down half the contents.One Martian Afternoon
- (tr often foll by down) to swallow rapidly, esp in large mouthfulsto gulp down food
- (tr often foll by back) to stifle or choketo gulp back sobs
- (intr) to swallow air convulsively, as while drinking, because of nervousness, surprise, etc
- (intr) to make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
- the act of gulping
- the quantity taken in a gulp
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."