Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To swallow greedily or rapidly in large amounts.
  • intransitive verb To choke back by or as if by swallowing.
  • intransitive verb To choke or gasp, as in swallowing large amounts of liquid.
  • intransitive verb To swallow air audibly, as in nervousness.
  • noun The act of gulping.
  • noun A large amount swallowed at one time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To swallow eagerly or in large draughts; hence, figuratively (with down), to repress (emotion) as if by swallowing it.
  • noun An act of swallowing; a swallow; also, as much as is swallowed at once.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of taking a large mouthful; a swallow, or as much as is awallowed at once.
  • noun colloq. A disgorging.
  • transitive verb To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down at one swallow.
  • transitive verb to throw up from the stomach; to disgorge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The usual amount swallowed.
  • noun The sound of swallowing.
  • noun A sound of swallowing indicating fear.
  • verb To swallow.
  • verb To react nervously by swallowing.
  • interjection Indication of an involuntary fear reaction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
  • noun a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing
  • verb utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
  • noun a large and hurried swallow

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English gulpen or from Flemish or Dutch gulpen.]

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