Definition of gulp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gulp

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡʌlp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gulp
    BrE BrE//ɡʌlp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlp//
     
    he / she / it gulps
    BrE BrE//ɡʌlps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlps//
     
    past simple gulped
    BrE BrE//ɡʌlpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlpt//
     
    past participle gulped
    BrE BrE//ɡʌlpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlpt//
     
    -ing form gulping
    BrE BrE//ˈɡʌlpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌlpɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] gulp (something) | gulp something down to swallow large amounts of food or drink quickly He gulped down the rest of his tea and went out.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to swallow, but without eating or drinking anything, especially because of a strong emotion such as fear or surprise She gulped nervously before trying to answer. See related entries: Fear
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to breathe quickly and deeply, because you need more air gulp (for something) She came up gulping for air. gulp something (in) He leant against the car, gulping in the cold air.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin.Extra examples ‘Do you know where she is?’ asked Chris. The man gulped nervously and nodded. Keith swam to the surface and gulped for air. She gulped down her coffee and left. She quickly gulped down the rest of her coffee. Phrasal Verbsgulp somethingback
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