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 : to catch the breath convulsively and audibly (as with shock)
2 : to breathe laboriously
: to utter in a gasping manner
Examples of gasp
Mom gasped in surprise at the sight of my sister's new haircut.
He gasped as he stepped into the icy water.
a dying man gasping for breath
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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