AskDefine | Define gasp

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gasp n : a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open; "she gave a gasp and fainted" [syn: pant] v : breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily" [syn: pant, puff, heave]

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Akin to Old Norse geispa


ipacregion Canada


  1. A short, sudden intake of breath.
    The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
  2. : A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
    I'm popping out for a gasp.


A short, sudden intake of breath
A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper)


  1. : To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
    The audience gasped as the magician dissapeared
  2. : To breath laboriously or convulsively.
    We were all gasping when we reached the summit
  3. : To speak in a breathless manner
    The old man gasped his last few words


to draw in the breath suddenly
to breath laboriously or convulsively

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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