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gasp

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
1
:  to catch the breath convulsively and audibly (as with shock)
2
:  to breathe laboriously
transitive verb
:  to utter in a gasping manner
gasp noun
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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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Rhymes with GASP

GASP Defined for Kids

1gasp

verb \ˈgasp\
gaspedgasp·ing

Definition of GASP for Kids

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
:  to breathe with difficulty :  pant <The runners were gasping after the race.>
3
:  to utter with quick difficult breaths <“I think we're lost,” she gasped.>

2gasp

noun

Definition of GASP for Kids

1
:  the act of breathing in suddenly or with difficulty <I heard the crowd's loud gasp.>
2
:  something gasped <He let out a gasp of surprise.>

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