breathless

adjective

breath·​less ˈbreth-ləs How to pronounce breathless (audio)
1
a
: not breathing
b
: dead
2
a
: 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
breathlessly adverb
breathlessness noun

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Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Breathless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breathless. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

breathless

adjective

breath·​less ˈbreth-ləs How to pronounce breathless (audio)
1
: panting from exertion
2
: filled with excitement or tension
a breathless silence
breathlessly adverb

Medical Definition

breathless

adjective

breath·​less ˈbreth-ləs How to pronounce breathless (audio)
1
: panting or gasping for breath
2
: suffering from dyspnea

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