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English

Noun

Singular
gulp

Plural
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  1. The usual amount swallowed.
  2. The sound of swallowing.
  3. A sound of swallowing indicating fear.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
      Little Stanislovas was also trembling, and all but too frightened to speak. "They — they sent me to tell you — " he said, with a gulp.
    • 1994, James Charles Collins, Jerry I. Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
      Indeed, the envisioned future should produce a bit of "the gulp factor" […], there should be an almost audible "gulp".

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Verb

Infinitive
to gulp

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to gulp (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To swallow.
  2. To react nervously by swallowing.
    • 1930, P. G. Wodehouse, A Damsel in Distress, 2004, page 198
      The man eyed Percy with a chilly eye. "Well," he said, "What's troublin you?" Percy gulped. The man's mere appearance was a sedative. "Er-nothing! […]"
    • 2003, Carl Deuker, High Heat, page 140
      I'd always been nervous-excited; this was nervous-terrified. When I finished puking, I sat down gulping air for a while, trying to pull myself together.
    • 2006, Nancy Anne Nicholson, Thin White Female in No Acute Distress: A Memoir, page 187
      My heart was beating madly and I was gulping nervous energy.

Translations

Interjection

gulp

  1. Indication of an involuntary fear reaction.
    • 1982, Gary Smalley, If Only He Knew, page 163
      "Honey, I know you want to go to their home next week, hut there's one thing that keeps happening when we're together that really drives me away from social gatherings in general. (Oh, what is it … gulp.) Well, I'm not sure I can really explain it without offending you. (Gulp, gulp.) Do you really want to talk about it? (Yes.) […]"

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Dutch

Noun

gulp (plural gulpen, diminutive gulpje)

  1. fly; opening in a man's pants to facilitate relieving himself.

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