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

v utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly

“He gulped for help after choking on a big piece of meat”
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

“The men gulped down their beers”
quaff, swig
Type of:
drink, imbibe
take in liquids

n a large and hurried swallow

“he finished it at a single gulp
draft, draught, swig
Type of:
deglutition, drink, swallow
the act of swallowing

n a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing

Type of:
inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

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