verb (used without object)
to gasp or choke, as when taking large drafts of a liquid.
verb (used with object)
to swallow eagerly, or in large drafts or morsels (often followed by down ): He gulps down his food like a starving man.
to suppress, subdue, or choke back as if by swallowing: to gulp down a sob.
the act of gulping: He drank the whole bottle of beer in one gulp.
the amount swallowed at one time; mouthful.

1400–50; late Middle English gulpen (v.); compare Dutch gulpen, Norwegian glupa

gulper, noun
gulpingly, adverb
gulpy, adjective

2. wolf, gobble, quaff, bolt, devour, guzzle. Unabridged
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gulp (ɡʌlp)
vb (often foll by down) (often foll by back)
1.  to swallow rapidly, esp in large mouthfuls: to gulp down food
2.  to stifle or choke: to gulp back sobs
3.  (intr) to swallow air convulsively, as while drinking, because of nervousness, surprise, etc
4.  (intr) to make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
5.  the act of gulping
6.  the quantity taken in a gulp
[C15: from Middle Dutch gulpen, of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

(v.), 15c., from Flem. gulpe or Du. gulpen "to gush, pour forth, guzzle, swallow," possibly of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
They trap shrimp and other tiny creatures in the baleen, which the whales then
  swallow before preparing for the next gulp.
The largest terror birds could likely swallow dog-size prey in a single gulp,
  experts say.
The rich gulp down far more, since they tend to eat more meat, which takes far
  more water to produce than grains.
And it has a name so long you need to take a gulp of air when you're done
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