gasp

verb \ ˈgasp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of gasp

intransitive verb
1 : to catch the breath convulsively and audibly (as with shock)
2 : to breathe laboriously
transitive verb
: to utter in a gasping manner

gasp

noun

Examples of gasp in a Sentence

  1. Mom gasped in surprise at the sight of my sister's new haircut.

  2. He gasped as he stepped into the icy water.

  3. a dying man gasping for breath

  4. She was gasping for air.

Recent Examples of gasp from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gasp

Middle English; akin to Old Norse geispa to yawn

gasp Synonyms

Synonyms
blow, heave, hyperventilate, pant, puff, wheeze, be out of breath
Related Words
choke, gag, gulp, huff; asphyxiate, smother, stifle, strangle; snore, snuffle; exhale, expire

GASP Defined for English Language Learners

gasp

verb

Definition of gasp for English Language Learners

  • : to breathe in suddenly and loudly with your mouth open because of surprise, shock, or pain

  • : to breathe with difficulty

  • : to say (something) with quick, difficult breaths


GASP Defined for Kids

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gasp

verb \ ˈgasp \

Definition of gasp for Students

gasped; gasping
1 : to breathe in suddenly and loudly with the mouth open because of surprise, shock, or pain
  • I could see … spectators gasping at moves no human had ever made before.
  • —Jerry Spinelli, Crash
2 : to breathe with difficulty : pant
  • The runners were gasping after the race.
3 : to utter with quick difficult breaths
  • “I think we're lost,” she gasped.

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gasp

noun

Definition of gasp for Students

1 : the act of breathing in suddenly or with difficulty
  • I heard the crowd's loud gasp.
2 : something gasped
  • He let out a gasp of surprise.


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