gulp vs quaff what difference

what is difference between gulp and quaff

English

Etymology

From Middle English gulpen, probably from West Flemish or Middle Dutch gulpen, golpen, probably of imitative origin.

Related to West Frisian gjalpe, gjalpje, gjealpje (to gush, spurt forth), Danish gulpe, gylpe (to gulp up, disgorge), dialectal Swedish glapa (to gulp down), Old English gealpettan (to gulp down, eat greedily, devour). More at galp.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡʌlp/

Noun

gulp (plural gulps)

  1. The usual amount swallowed.
    Synonym: slug
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      What the liquor was I do not know, but it was not so strong but that I could swallow it in great gulps and found it less burning than my burning throat.
  2. The sound of swallowing, sometimes indicating fear.
    • 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“.
  3. (rare, computing) An unspecified small number of bytes, often two.

Translations

Verb

gulp (third-person singular simple present gulps, present participle gulping, simple past and past participle gulped)

  1. To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down in one swallow.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:drink
    • 1782, William Cowper, Table Talk
      He does not swallow, but he gulps it down.
  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.

Derived terms

  • gulp down

Translations

Interjection

gulp

  1. An indication of (the sound of) an involuntary fear reaction in the form of a swallowing motion.
    Synonym: ulp

Further reading

  • swallowing on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  • “gulp”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.

Anagrams

  • plug

Dutch

Etymology

Of uncertain origin; possibly from glop (hole, opening); also compare gleuf (slot, slit).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɣʏlp/
  • Hyphenation: gulp
  • Rhymes: -ʏlp

Noun

gulp f (plural gulpen, diminutive gulpje n)

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

Descendants

  • Afrikaans: gulp
  • Papiamentu: hòlpis (Aruba), hòlpi

Further reading

  • van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010), “gulp2”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute

Turkmen

Noun

gulp

  1. lock


English

Etymology 1

Of uncertain origin. Suggestions include connection with Old Irish cuäch (cup, goblet, bowl; cauldron, large vessel; bowl, cup) (whence Scots quaich, queff). The noun is derived from the verb.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kwɒf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kwɑf/, /kwɔf/
  • Rhymes: -ɒf

Verb

quaff (third-person singular simple present quaffs, present participle quaffing, simple past and past participle quaffed)

  1. To drink or imbibe with vigour or relish; to drink copiously; to swallow in large draughts. [from mid-16th c.]
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew i 2
      Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, / And quaff carouses to our mistress’ health
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost Book V
      They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
      Quaff immortality and joy []
    • 1852, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
      Even while quaffing the third draught of the Fountain of Youth, they were almost awed by the expression of his mysterious visage.
Translations

Noun

quaff (plural quaffs)

  1. The act of quaffing; a deep draught. [from late 16th c.]
Synonyms
  • chug
  • gulp
  • swig
  • See also Thesaurus:drink

Etymology 2

Noun

quaff

  1. Misspelling of coif.

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