[ 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

1400–50; late Middle English gulpen (v.); compare Dutch gulpen, Norwegian glupa


gulp·er, noungulp·ing·ly, adverbgulp·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gulp

/ (ɡʌlp) /


(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

Derived forms of gulp

gulper, noungulpingly, adverbgulpy, adjective

Word Origin for gulp

C15: from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin
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