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v. gulped, gulp·ing, gulps
1. To swallow greedily or rapidly in large amounts: gulp down coffee.
2. To choke back by or as if by swallowing.
1. To choke or gasp, as in swallowing large amounts of liquid.
2. To swallow air audibly, as in nervousness.
1. The act of gulping.
2. A large amount swallowed at one time.

[From Middle English gulpen or from Flemish or Dutch gulpen.]

gulp′er n.
gulp′ing·ly adv.


characterized by the noise made when gulping air
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gulping - a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowinggulping - a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing
2.gulping - the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidlygulping - the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
drinking, imbibing, imbibition - the act of consuming liquids
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Also, I was gulping it down like medicine, in nauseous haste to get the ordeal over.
"My God, I thank Thee!" he said, gulping down his sobs, and with both hands brushing away the tears that filled his eyes.
There was a tremendous gulping movement and the beer was gone.
The tourist's friend filmed the man gulping down the huge jug of milk in one go as amused passengers watched on.
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At mealtimes, the blue whale opens and closes his 20 foot-long jaws in under 10 seconds, gulping down around 100 cubic meters of water into its balloon-like expandable throat.
GIANT plant-eating dinosaurs were able to grow to such a vast size only by gulping down their food, scientists said yesterday.
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