Definition of gulp in English:


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Pronunciation: /gʌlp


[with object]


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  • 1An act of gulping food or drink: she finished her drink in one gulp
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    • Carlos grabbed one right after him and drank it in three gulps.
    • I drank it in three gulps, putting the glass in the sink afterwards.
    • Tarantino is very clear about this: we see Bill open the bottle and drink the first shot in a single gulp, and we see him trying to shake the last drop out of the bottle when it is empty.
  • 1.1A large mouthful of liquid hastily drunk: I took a gulp of beer
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    • ‘This is a good place to do science,’ he said, then took a gulp of his decaf.
    • I took a gulp of it and burned my tongue in the process.
    • When we got inside, I sat on one of the beds and started stuffing my face with the bread and cheese I bought, once in a while pausing to take a gulp of water.
    mouthful, swallow, draught
    informal swig
    North American informal chug
  • 1.2A large quantity of air breathed in.
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    • She took a few gulps, breathed out and glanced at the scenery before her.
    • Realizing she had been holding her breath, she let it out now, in big gulps, breathing in and out to fill her starved lungs as well as to steady her nerves.
    • He had felt strong and safe as he had breathed in deep gulps of cold, sea air.
  • 1.3A swallowing movement of the throat: the chairman gave an audible gulp
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    • He watched as Luna took a gulp and cleared her throat.
    • Plenty of adrenaline, audible gulps and raised arms expecting to defend oneself from ghostly ghouls and fiends, had now been replaced by a sense of confusion and a nagging anti-climatic feel.
    • In the silence of the echoing marble hall, Marlo's gulp was audible and the shake in her hand as she pointed at Marion was all too clear.


at a gulp

With one gulp: having emptied his glass at a gulp, Roger pulled out a cigar
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  • Its tentacles, as long and wide as rivers, end in yawning mouths which sweep the ground, devouring the nomads and their ponies, hundreds at a gulp.
  • Ulrich, in turn, recovered his senses, but as he felt faint with terror, he went and got a bottle of brandy out of the sideboard, and he drank off several glasses, one after anther, at a gulp.
  • The girl threw one out at the door, and the giantess swallowed it at a gulp and demanded more.





Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin.

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