Pronunciation Noun

gulp (plural gulps)

  1. The usual amount#Noun|amount swallow#Verb|swallowed.
    Synonyms: slug
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      What the liquor was I do not know, but it was not so strong but that I could swallow it in great gulps and found it less burning than my burning throat.
  2. The sound of swallowing, sometimes indicating fear.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 17
      Little Stanislovas was also trembling, and all but too frightened to speak. "They — they sent me to tell you — " he said, with a gulp.
    • 1994, James Charles Collins, Jerry I. Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
      Indeed, the envisioned future should produce a bit of "the gulp factor" […] , there should be an almost audible "gulp".
Translations Translations Translations
  • Spanish: glup

gulp (gulps, present participle gulping; past and past participle gulped)

  1. To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down in one swallow.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:drink
    • He does not swallow, but he gulps it down.
    • The old man […] glibly gulped down the whole narrative.
  2. To react nervously by swallowing.
    • 1930, P. G. Wodehouse, A Damsel in Distress, 2004, page 198
      The man eyed Percy with a chilly eye. "Well," he said, "What's troublin you?" Percy gulped. The man's mere appearance was a sedative. "Er-nothing! […]"
    • 2003, Carl Deuker, High Heat, page 140
      I'd always been nervous-excited; this was nervous-terrified. When I finished puking, I sat down gulping air for a while, trying to pull myself together.
    • 2006, Nancy Anne Nicholson, Thin White Female in No Acute Distress: A Memoir, page 187
      My heart was beating madly and I was gulping nervous energy.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: сгла́тывать
  1. An indication of (the sound#Noun|sound of) an involuntary fear#Noun|fear reaction in the form of a swallowing#Noun|swallowing motion.
    Synonyms: ulp

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