Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Middle English gulpen or from Flemish or Dutch gulpen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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