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



    BrE BrE//ɡʌlp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlp//
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  1. 1gulp (of something) an amount of something that you swallow or drink quickly He took a gulp of coffee.
  2. 2an act of breathing in or of swallowing something ‘Can you start on Monday?’ Amy gave a gulp. ‘Of course,’ she said. He drank the glass of whisky in one gulp.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: probably from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin.Extra examples He downed half the contents of the glass in one loud gulp. He gave a loud gulp and stopped mid-sentence. I downed it in one gulp. She drained half the mug in one quick gulp. She drank the tea in great gulps. She took a large gulp of wine from the bottle. He drank his glass of whisky in one gulp. He leaned out of the window and took a few gulps of sea air. He managed to sit up in bed and took several gulps of air. She emptied her glass in one gulp. She gave an audible gulp.
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