from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To swallow greedily or rapidly in large amounts: gulp down coffee.
- transitive v. To choke back by or as if by swallowing.
- intransitive v. To choke or gasp, as in swallowing large amounts of liquid.
- intransitive v. To swallow air audibly, as in nervousness.
- n. The act of gulping.
- n. A large amount swallowed at one time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The usual amount swallowed.
- n. The sound of swallowing.
- n. A sound of swallowing indicating fear.
- v. To swallow.
- v. To react nervously by swallowing.
- interj. Indication of an involuntary fear reaction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down at one swallow.
- n. The act of taking a large mouthful; a swallow, or as much as is awallowed at once.
- n. A disgorging.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swallow eagerly or in large draughts; hence, figuratively (with down), to repress (emotion) as if by swallowing it.
- n. An act of swallowing; a swallow; also, as much as is swallowed at once.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
- n. a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing
- v. utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
- n. a large and hurried swallow
From Middle English gulpen or from Flemish or Dutch gulpen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)