Definition of gulp in English:

gulp

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Swallow (drink or food) quickly or in large mouthfuls, often audibly.

    ‘he gulped down the last of his coffee’
    • ‘The villagers were still warmly ensconced in their homes, some still clad in their sarongs, sitting with their hands clasped round their knees, gulping their hot coffee or smoking cigarettes.’
    • ‘She is a slow thoughtful eater and I gulp my food down but other than that we had lots in common.’
    • ‘He gulped down his food and quickly drained the glass.’
    • ‘They're gulping whiskies and looking at images of carnage.’
    • ‘By the time I'd gulped a coffee and got my legs working, it was quite bright.’
    • ‘While adults had to eat at least five cups of ice creams and drink a 300 ml bottle of Pepsi as fast as they could, children had to gobble three ice creams and gulp a soft drink.’
    • ‘This one girl gulped her drink greedily, only to then launch into this big thing about how we'd bought such cheap wine or champagne or whatever.’
    • ‘Dodge, meanwhile, stayed in the makeshift camp to gulp some food, thinking he was about to work all night.’
    • ‘Reptiles and birds gulp their food down and hence lose much nutritive value.’
    • ‘He smiled as Elena gulped her wine, put down the glass a bit too forcefully, and leaned on him, letting the sway of the car take it's toll.’
    • ‘If you gulp your food down without chewing it well, all the glucose will be absorbed at the same time, the body will not able to utilise all of it and excess glucose will be converted into fat.’
    • ‘Kieran gulped the wine thirstily, and regarded the food without enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Eat small meals, especially in the evening, and don't gulp food.’
    • ‘He stopped only to gulp beer and munch curly fries.’
    • ‘He gulped his beverage to the point of making himself burp - out loud.’
    • ‘She gulped the drink down before ordering another one.’
    • ‘My aunt had a big and loyal constituency that typically gulped their food.’
    • ‘The breaks were used to eat protein-rich snacks and energy-boosting beverages were often gulped down while still dancing.’
    • ‘When the food did arrive, Glenn ate with a healthy appetite, tearing into the meat and gulping his ale without any thought of what it must taste like.’
    • ‘After gulping the orange juice down while leaning against the counter, I straighten up, rinse my glass and begin to head towards the hallway.’
    swallow, quaff, swill down, down
    gobble, guzzle, bolt, wolf, cram, stuff
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    1. 1.1Breathe in (air) deeply and quickly.
      • ‘He awkwardly fell to the ground and sat up, trying to gulp air as fast as possible.’
      • ‘Herring and other fish with primitive swim bladders must surface and gulp air to keep their bladders full and their bodies buoyant.’
      • ‘I stood on the precipice gulping air, awestruck.’
      • ‘The ball of snow simply packed harder each time I tried to gulp air around it.’
      • ‘I let more of my weight rest on her stomach until she could only struggle, stop for a while, then struggling when she had gulped enough air.’
      • ‘She fell to her knees, gulping the air like it was an elixir.’
      • ‘She gulped air, then pulled herself up to float as the water rose to six feet then seven feet, the ceiling was ten feet high, three feet now.’
      • ‘To cross deeper or broader stretches of water, armadillos gulp air into the digestive tract and swim like a dog.’
      • ‘We were flying at 667 feet per second, and just about the time I remembered to gulp some air, we rolled upside down, then flipped right-side up.’
      • ‘I listened hard, trying to gulp air without making a sound.’
      • ‘They may do it to gulp air, or perhaps just for joy.’
      • ‘At frequent intervals one can see their silver bellies as they twist about at the surface to gulp air or graze on algae.’
      • ‘Their nostrils, one should understand, must be tightly clipped to avoid accidental drowning and since they surface only briefly they must perforce gulp air.’
      • ‘But as it starts the transition to froghood, it develops lungs - forcing the tadpole to swim frequently to the surface to gulp air.’
      • ‘Cameron gulped the much-needed air as he turned to see Damian frowning.’
      • ‘Cecil gulped air, it had been very difficult to breathe with such a big weight on him.’
      • ‘The paired lung-like swim bladders are connected to the esophagus and are used for respiration; the fish die if denied access to the surface to gulp air.’
      • ‘Fish will come to the surface and appear to gulp air, and snails, crayfish, and other organisms may actually climb out on the bank or up on emergent objects.’
      • ‘Jonathan gulped air, but it didn't seem to do any good.’
      • ‘I gulped sea air, pressing hard on the acupressure points I'd learned to halt nausea.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Breathe or swallow with difficulty, typically in response to strong emotion.
      ‘she gulped back the tears’
      ‘Laura gulped nervously’
      • ‘He gulps, and his emotions retreat behind a dispassionate mask.’
      • ‘He gulped back his fear and regret as he moved to the ledge.’
      • ‘She gulped nervously, realizing with a crash who it was.’
      • ‘I gulped back a sudden need to tear up and waited for him to continue.’
      • ‘I gulped nervously and then realized it was a mistake.’
      • ‘I gulped back my tears and the lump in my throat, trying to speak.’
      • ‘She looked up nervously, gulped once and slowly stood up.’
      • ‘She gulped nervously as they disappeared and the creature tucked its membranous wings to itself and rocketed toward the group of the others that had broken out.’
      • ‘He gulped again and asked nervously, ‘Anyone see a little tan cat run through here?’’
      • ‘Nick gulped, nervously adjusting the collar of his shirt.’
      • ‘I gulped nervously, not liking her presence in the room.’
      • ‘Amy gulped back the tears as they walked down the hall, talking about what they should do.’
      • ‘I gulped back a laugh and eased up on the gas, slowing down to a steady 70 km/h.’
      • ‘He felt himself go dizzy, and had to put his head against a pillow slowly, closing his eyes and gulping nervously, not daring to move, in case he woke her up.’
      • ‘I gulped nervously as Andrea, Ariel and Mindy began to tiptoe closer to the security house, which was almost twenty feet away from them.’
      • ‘I gulped nervously, and shifted my glance to the other two.’
      • ‘Jim gulped nervously, before dropping the lighter on the fluids.’
      • ‘She gulped nervously and her stomach felt like it would explode.’
      • ‘His little hand clutched the edge of his seat as he looked nervously around, gulping at the weird glow on the other people's faces.’
      • ‘He gulped nervously and sweat dripped down his face.’

noun

  • 1An act of gulping food or drink.

    ‘she finished her drink in one gulp’
    • ‘Sitting down on one of the chairs at a round metal white table he grabbed a full pot of black coffee and drank it all in a few gulps.’
    • ‘Carlos grabbed one right after him and drank it in three gulps.’
    • ‘Bell downs his coffee in a few gulps, warming to his subject.’
    • ‘She picked up her glass and downed the pink drink in one gulp, then held herself very still for a moment.’
    • ‘He went into the kitchen and poured a mug of black coffee and drank it down in three gulps and began to shuffle around in the pantry until he pulled out a loaf of bread and made toast with jam.’
    • ‘I drank it in three gulps, putting the glass in the sink afterwards.’
    • ‘Jessica made it over back to her table and took her drink in one gulp.’
    • ‘The tired rebel looks at the vile for a moment and in one gulp downs the drink.’
    • ‘He downed the drink in one gulp and sent the glass crashing into the flames of the open hearth embedded in the left wall.’
    • ‘She swallowed the last of her tea in a single gulp and looked desultorily at the empty cup.’
    • ‘She downed the entire contents of her drink in one gulp.’
    • ‘Gemini finished off her drink in one large gulp and then sprang from her stool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Sure Dad,’ I said sarcastically, finishing the rest of my drink in one gulp.’
    • ‘‘Defeat and victory, it's all the same thing, it all requires a stiff drink,’ he says, between gulps of Guinness.’
    • ‘He rose from his seat to stand up, too… and she grabbed the goblet and downed the red drink in one gulp.’
    • ‘Not even thinking about it, I accept and down the drink in one gulp.’
    • ‘He drank deep, downing the glass in a single gulp.’
    • ‘River laughed again and he reached for the small cup of orange juice and opened it and drank it in one gulp.’
    • ‘The redhead downed his drink in one gulp, and made a foul face.’
    1. 1.1A large mouthful of liquid hastily drunk.
      ‘I took a gulp of beer’
      • ‘After taking a big gulp of the yummy drink I went back into the garage.’
      • ‘He was still standing, but taking huge gulps of his drink.’
      • ‘Tess started drinking big gulps of her cold drink.’
      • ‘Taking a gulp of water, Jake stared off into space for a moment.’
      • ‘Satisfied, she drank down several large gulps.’
      • ‘Paul quickly got a large glass of chilled water at his request and sat in the chair opposite him while he drank in large gulps.’
      • ‘After she drank a few gulps, she went back to the living room and went out the front door.’
      • ‘She got a brew of her own and started drinking in big gulps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I took a gulp of water, unable to take my eyes off the pie.’
      • ‘I took a gulp of it and burned my tongue in the process.’
      • ‘His heart began to beat faster and he took a large gulp from his drink.’
      • ‘She takes a gulp of her water and pours the rest in the sink.’
      • ‘Taking a long gulp of his drink and drying his mouth on his already dirtied shirt he ordered me to pay the cable bill first.’
      • ‘She drank it in big gulps, but managed to make the water spill all over her top.’
      • ‘It was still a quite strong drink, and frankly, it wasn't something you'd drink in big gulps but was a sort of thing which would make you satisfied with a few sips out of it.’
      • ‘‘This is a good place to do science,’ he said, then took a gulp of his decaf.’
      • ‘He drank a few gulps from the glass before setting it down at the table.’
      • ‘The two boys paused at the cross walk and took a gulp of water.’
      • ‘Once he took a gulp of that water he felt entirely recovered.’
    2. 1.2A large quantity of air breathed in.
      • ‘I gasped, taking gulps of the cooler air, pressing myself to the floorboards.’
      • ‘He opened one of the glass doors of the hotel, and stepping out, I breathed in a huge gulp of the cool evening air and shivered a little.’
      • ‘Breathing in a fresh gulp of air, she couldn't believe how pure it tasted.’
      • ‘He took in a huge gulp of air.’
      • ‘I finally was able to open my eyes and get myself out of the dream, and I sat up and swallowed several gulps of air, sure that if I didn't get enough air in I was going to die on the spot.’
      • ‘He breathed in huge gulps of air as the heavy pounding flooded his ears, the pounding of his heart and the harsh gasps of air.’
      • ‘Jesse managed to get all that out in one breath, taking a large gulp of air after.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I breathed in short, delicate gulps of air; but they simply lodged themselves in my windpipe.’
      • ‘His face went red as he choked on whatever it was that he was drinking, and only after a few moments of banging on his chest was he able to swallow it, breathing in grateful gulps of air.’
      • ‘Finally breathing, he took a big gulp of fresh air and shrank to the ground, collapsing to his hands and knees.’
      • ‘We all breathed gulps of air, clean fresh, honest air, not caring to know where it came from, where it was going, or why it smelled clean.’
      • ‘I came up from the water gasping, choking, and unable to get a true gulp of air.’
      • ‘Jon's laugh starts from his throat and it comes out in quick spurts and gulps of air.’
      • ‘She inhaled sharply, savouring her last breath as her lungs filled with one final gulp of air.’
      • ‘She was clad in only the bottom half of her dress and her very undergarments, but that did not phase her as she breathed in deep soothing gulps of air, relishing as it moved in and out of her lungs.’
      • ‘I asked, taking a big gulp of air.’
      • ‘She could see Raven drinking in greedy gulps of air.’
      • ‘She took a few gulps, breathed out and glanced at the scenery before her.’
    3. 1.3A swallowing movement of the throat.
      ‘the chairman gave an audible gulp’
      • ‘With a very audible gulp Brian hooked his right foot into the stirrup.’
      • ‘Caleb choked back a gulp and offered up a weak smile.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • at a gulp

    • With one gulp.

      ‘having emptied his glass at a gulp, Roger pulled out a cigar’
      • ‘Pressing now on the hilts, he swallows the four blades at a gulp and then he takes them out leisurely, one by one.’
      • ‘The girl threw one out at the door, and the giantess swallowed it at a gulp and demanded more.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is the kind of book you take in at a gulp and, having reached the last page, put down reluctantly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a good book, and one I also devoured at a gulp.’
      • ‘At the ‘Criterion’ he turned in and had a drink, and, bolder for the wine which he had swallowed at a gulp, he told himself that he would do nothing of the sort.’
      • ‘It's hard for visitors to keep things straight in their heads when they can't see them and take them in at a gulp.’
      • ‘‘The world knows of my virtue,’ the old man said as he downed a glass of wine at a gulp while they prepared for a session.’
      • ‘He took it, and filling half-a-tumbler with neat spirit drained it at a gulp.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

gulp

/ɡʌlp/