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

Synonyms & Antonyms for breathless


close, stifling, stuffy, suffocating


airy, breezy, unstuffy

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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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The room is quiet, except for the preacher's breathless exhortations. Mark Curnutte,, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 But the breathless climb at Porter Square is a true challenge, reserved for the fiercest few. Lauren Fox,, "For these people, every day is leg day at Porter Square Station," 10 July 2019 While Lauren’s story was a parenthetical in the breathless coverage of the event, for her friends, colleagues, and, most significantly, her family, the loss was shattering. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Other Passenger: Who Was Lauren Bessette?," 9 July 2019 All of the ex-Beatles activity resulted in breathless media speculation: Was this all leading to an announcement about an official reunion? David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Krantz spun ornate, breathless tales with only-in-your-dreams endings. Nora Krug,, "Judith Krantz, best-selling author of racy romance novels, dies at 91," 24 June 2019 Krantz spun ornate, breathless tales with only-in-your-dreams endings. The Washington Post,, "Judith Krantz, best-selling racy romance novelist, dies at 91," 23 June 2019 For a character who speaks sometimes in almost breathless paragraphs, these final moments for Hamilton take you deep inside his psyche in a visually stunning manner. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 But his opening statement sounded tonally thin and emotionally wan, while his breathless treatment of the second movement scherzo offered more velocity than insight. Howard Reich,, "Grant Park Orchestra review: A visually daunting season-opener with Mayor Lori Lightfoot," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of breathless

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

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The first known use of breathless was in the 14th century

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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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