verb \ˈgasp\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to catch the breath convulsively and audibly (as with shock)
:  to breathe laboriously
transitive verb
:  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

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