pant

1 of 5

verb

panted; panting; pants

intransitive verb

1
a
: to breathe quickly, spasmodically, or in a labored manner
b
: to run panting
c
: to move with or make a throbbing or puffing sound
2
: to long eagerly : yearn
3

transitive verb

: to utter with panting : gasp

pant

2 of 5

noun

1
a
: a panting breath
b
: the visible movement of the chest accompanying such a breath
2
: a throbbing or puffing sound

pant

3 of 5

variant of pants sense 1

pant

4 of 5

adjective

: of or relating to pants
a pant leg

pant-

5 of 5

combining form

variants or panto-
: all
pantisocracy

Example Sentences

Verb Dogs pant when they are hot. The hikers were panting by the time they reached the top of the hill.

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, modification of Anglo-French panteiser, from Vulgar Latin *phantasiare to have hallucinations, from Greek phantasioun, from phantasia appearance, imagination — more at fancy

Combining form

Greek, from pant-, pas — more at pan-

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pant was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near pant

Cite this Entry

“Pant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pant. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pant

verb
ˈpant
1
a
: to breathe hard or quickly : gasp
b
: to make a puffing sound
c
: to move forward with panting
the car panted up the hill
2
: to wish for eagerly : yearn
3
: to utter with panting
ran up and panted out the message
pant noun

Medical Definition

pant

intransitive verb
: to breathe quickly, spasmodically, or in a labored manner

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