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 Remember all the breathless stories about Palin’s figure, and her glasses and wardrobe? Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Why Women Can’t Want," 7 Oct. 2020 For one thing, the breathless promise of telecommuting happened alongside the abandonment of working-class people to the downsides of globalization and outsourcing. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Remote Work Won’t Save Us," 3 Aug. 2020 There’s no judgment, only a breathless celebration of the astonishing feeling of being overwhelmed by another human being’s existence. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: May romances tackle issues with ferocity and love," 1 June 2020 Such patients might not be able to exercise as much, feel breathless or feel like their heart is beating faster than usual for an indefinite period of time. Gina Yu And Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Why overcoming Covid-19 is just the first hurdle of a much longer journey," 19 May 2020 Chalamaniacs getting breathless about the prospect of seeing their idol onstage will have to wait a bit longer. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Timothée Chalamet's London Stage Debut in '4000 Miles' Postponed," 19 Mar. 2020 And so begins a breathless race against time to reach an underground military bunker—one of the few places these last humans might shield themselves from whatever is killing all organic life on Earth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Airplane passengers must outrace a killer sun in Into the Night," 9 May 2020 Kodi Lee became a fan favorite after becoming Gabrielle Union’s Golden Buzzer winner Kodi Lee’s latest performance on America’s Got Talent will leave you breathless. Jodi Guglielmi,, "America's Got Talent Standout Kodi Lee Leaves Judges in Tears with Latest Moving Performance," 18 Sep. 2019 From folding towels fresh out of the laundry, to emptying the dishwasher, to serving ice cream, Mr. Lewin brings a breathless commentary to household routines. Cassandre Coyer, The Christian Science Monitor, "No sports on TV? Sportscasters share play by play of confinement.," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of breathless

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

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19 Oct 2020

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“Breathless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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