breathless

adjective
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

Synonyms

close, stifling, stuffy, suffocating

Antonyms

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 protocol isn’t just about publicity or the way that breathless, irresponsible news reporting can make celebrities out of terrorists and mass shooters. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Isn’t Breathing the Name of the Christchurch Attacker," 20 Mar. 2019 With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the U.N., led by a new trade deal with South Korea, struggled to break through. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Fox News, "Trump challenges UN, boasting of America's go-it-alone might," 25 Sep. 2018 Both actresses spoke of their delight in discovering the musical and of their admiration for Sher, whose breathless two-week process included two full days of table work spent dissecting and discussing the meaning of the text. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Camelot Ruled the Stage at Lincoln Center Theater’s Benefit Gala," 5 Mar. 2019 Expect breathless dirty talk whispered in British accents, ripped bodices, and oh, Henry Cavill's naked butt. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 Your main goal for those days should be to work up a sweat and get a little bit breathless. SELF, "13 Cardio Workouts to Get Your Heart Pumping," 31 Dec. 2018 It’s all designed to create this breathless moment. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Crazy Rich Asians Made Its Wedding-on-a-Budget Look Like $40 Million," 6 Sep. 2018 Last week, Riverdale left us breathless and worried about Jughead even making it to the last episode of season 2. refinery29.com, "Riverdale Season 2, Episode 22 Recap: "Brave New World"," 17 May 2018 Conference calls for work left me breathless and embarrassed about my periodic hacking fits. Sara Benincasa, Glamour, "I Had an Affair With a Married Man—and We Never Even Kissed," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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breathless

adjective

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

breathless

adjective
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

breathless

adjective
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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