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gasp

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verb \ˈgasp\

Simple Definition of gasp

  • : to breathe in suddenly and loudly with your mouth open because of surprise, shock, or pain

  • : to breathe with difficulty

  • : to say (something) with quick, difficult breaths

Full Definition of gasp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to catch the breath convulsively and audibly (as with shock)

  3. 2 :  to breathe laboriously

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter in a gasping manner

gasp noun

Examples of gasp

  1. Mom gasped in surprise at the sight of my sister's new haircut.

  2. He gasped as he stepped into the icy water.

  3. a dying man gasping for breath

  4. She was gasping for air.



Origin of gasp

Middle English; akin to Old Norse geispa to yawn


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with gasp



GASP Defined for Kids

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gasp

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verb \ˈgasp\

Definition of gasp

gaspedgasp·ing

  1. 1 :  to breathe in suddenly and loudly with the mouth open because of surprise, shock, or pain <I could see … spectators gasping at moves no human had ever made before. — Jerry Spinelli, Crash>

  2. 2 :  to breathe with difficulty :  pant <The runners were gasping after the race.>

  3. 3 :  to utter with quick difficult breaths <“I think we're lost,” she gasped.>




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Definition of gasp

  1. 1 :  the act of breathing in suddenly or with difficulty <I heard the crowd's loud gasp.>

  2. 2 :  something gasped <He let out a gasp of surprise.>





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