breath·​less | \ ˈbreth-ləs How to pronounce breathless (audio) \

Definition of breathless

1a : not breathing
b : dead
2a : panting or gasping for breath
b : gripped with emotion breathless in anticipation
c : intense, gripping breathless eagerness breathless prose
d : very rapid or strenuous go at a breathless pace
e : marked by intense or unremitting activity a breathless schedule
3 : oppressive because of no fresh air or breeze

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Other Words from breathless

breathlessly adverb
breathlessness noun

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Examples of breathless in a Sentence

They were breathless with anticipation. I watched them in breathless wonder. She describes the scene in breathless prose. He drove at a breathless pace.
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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, there was a visual of a black diamond spinning on a screen behind her as Meg delivered an effortlessly breathless performance of the song while busting out a bit of choreography with her troupe of back-up dancers as well. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2021 Reviewers, meanwhile, have also been pretty breathless in their praise of Mare of Easttown, which has a pretty stellar 93% critics score and 91% audience score at the moment on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Andy Meek, BGR, 19 May 2021 Between the breathless pace of the MLS is Back tournament and regular three-game weeks, players saw a heightened volume of injuries and exhaustion throughout the season. Julia Poe,, 3 May 2021 At 26 years old, the former regular runner was fatigued and breathless, struggling to function properly. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 11 Apr. 2021 Watching some of the breathless coverage of million-dollar NFT deals can feel like watching the irrationality of the economy distilled into tiny, expensive puffs of vapor. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 10 Mar. 2021 There was always this breathless pace of trying to keep up with the news. Megh Wright, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2021 Voiced by Julie Andrews throughout the series, Whistledown’s true identity is hidden until the final moments of the breathless first season. Anne Cohen,, 29 Dec. 2020 The spectacle that follows is a dazzler, presided over by the regal Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright, and set to the breathless surge of Hans Zimmer’s score. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of breathless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 Jul 2021

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“Breathless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of breathless

: unable to take enough air into your lungs : breathing very hard because you are trying to get more air
: full of emotion
: very fast


breath·​less | \ ˈbreth-ləs How to pronounce breathless (audio) \

Kids Definition of breathless

1 : panting from exertion
2 : filled with excitement or tension a breathless silence

Other Words from breathless

breathlessly adverb


breath·​less | \ ˈbreth-ləs How to pronounce breathless (audio) \

Medical Definition of breathless

1 : panting or gasping for breath
2 : suffering from dyspnea

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