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[slurp] /slɜrp/
verb (used with object)
to ingest (food or drink) with loud sucking noises:
He slurped his coffee.
verb (used without object)
to make loud sucking noises while eating or drinking:
to slurp when eating soup.
an intake of food or drink with a noisy sucking sound:
He finished his milk in about three slurps.
any lapping or splashing sound:
the slurp of the waves against the hull.
Origin of slurp
1640-50; < Dutch slurpen (v.) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slurp
  • These oysters are not for chewing, and with the help of frosty cold beer, connoisseurs slurp down a dozen in a few minutes.
  • It loves to slurp nectar from flowers with a five-inch-long tongue.
  • Order, slurp and be back at your desk before your computer automatically checks for new e-mail.
  • It's okay to sip or slurp from the bowl, and shovel the last bits of a meal using your chopsticks.
  • If the food lacked flavour, there was always a bottle of a thick brown condiment handy, to slurp over it and conceal the taste.
  • For something lighter, try one of the soups and salads or simply slurp on a smoothie.
  • You've got to admit, something magical happens with the sound of that first slurp.
  • Outside the market, camera-wielding travelers slurp noodles next to migrant laborers and locals.
  • Lai then disappeared, slinking back to the kitchen to slurp down rice porridge instead.
  • The warming smoothness, the ease of the slurp, the cosseting character of the mix are indisputably pleasurable.
British Dictionary definitions for slurp


to eat or drink (something) noisily
a sound produced in this way
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch slorpen to sip; related to German schlürfen
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Word Origin and History for slurp

1640s, from Dutch slurpen, perhaps of imitative origin (cf. German schlurfen). Related: Slurped; slurping. The noun is first recorded 1949, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slurp


  1. A sudden decline or collapse, esp of economic value or activity: The stock market is in a dangerous slump (1888+)
  2. A period of bad performance: The whole team's in a hitting slump (1895+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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slurp in Technology

To read a large data file entirely into core before working on it. This may be contrasted with the strategy of reading a small piece at a time, processing it, and then reading the next piece. "This program slurps in a 1K-by-1K matrix and does an FFT." See also sponge.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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