To gulp is to loudly and quickly swallow food, drink, or air. You might gulp nervously before you stand up to make a speech.

When you gulp down your breakfast so you can run and catch your bus, or gulp air upon rising to the surface of a swimming pool, you can say you take a gulp — or many gulps. The word dates from the 1300s, but its origin is somewhat uncertain. Most experts link it to the imitative Dutch gulpen, "to gush, guzzle, or swallow."

Definitions of gulp
  1. verb
    utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
    “He gulped for help after choking on a big piece of meat”
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. verb
    to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
    “The men gulped down their beers”
    synonyms: quaff, swig
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    type of:
    drink, imbibe
    take in liquids
  3. noun
    a large and hurried swallow
    “he finished it at a single gulp
    synonyms: draft, draught, swig
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    type of:
    deglutition, drink, swallow
    the act of swallowing
  4. noun
    a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing
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