[ guhlp ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to gasp or choke, as when taking large drafts of a liquid.

verb (used with object)
  1. to swallow eagerly, or in large drafts or morsels (often followed by down): He gulps down his food like a starving man.

  2. to suppress, subdue, or choke back as if by swallowing: to gulp down a sob.

  1. the act of gulping: He drank the whole bottle of beer in one gulp.

  2. the amount swallowed at one time; mouthful.

Origin of gulp

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

Other words for gulp

Other words from gulp

  • gulper, noun
  • gulp·ing·ly, adverb
  • gulpy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for gulp


/ (ɡʌlp) /

  1. (tr often foll by down) to swallow rapidly, esp in large mouthfuls: to gulp down food

  2. (tr often foll by back) to stifle or choke: to gulp back sobs

  1. (intr) to swallow air convulsively, as while drinking, because of nervousness, surprise, etc

  2. (intr) to make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly

  1. the act of gulping

  2. the quantity taken in a gulp

Origin of gulp

C15: from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin

Derived forms of gulp

  • gulper, noun
  • gulpingly, adverb
  • gulpy, adjective

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