- 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 gulp
Even so distant, I can taste the grief, / Bitter and sharp with stalks, he made you gulp…Where bridal London bows the other way.Viva Hate: Inside the World of Morrissey
December 23, 2013
I have now worked in journalism for (gulp) almost ten years, longer than I've done anything else.The Benefits of Business Experience
October 1, 2012
Nominees: Transformers, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and—gulp—Real Steel.The Oscars: 21 Fixes for the Show So It’s Less Boring
February 20, 2012
At boilerplate moments, including “closeup of sad senator,” take a gulp of beer.State of the Union Drinking Games
Shushannah Walshe, David A. Graham
January 25, 2011
Nobody expects movies like this one to celebrate single motherhood as an identity or as a (gulp) lifestyle choice.What J. Lo's Movie Gets Wrong
April 23, 2010
Santobono at one gulp emptied his glass and clacked his tongue.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
In one gulp he could swallow a boy of my size, and this he did three times each day.The Harbor
He swallowed down the tea with a gulp, and rammed the bread into his pocket.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
Heneage ordered a large brandy and soda, and drunk half of it at a gulp.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The others could hear the big sigh with which he drew in a gulp of air.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
- (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 gulp
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."