short of breath

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of short of breath

: having difficulty breathing
  • She was short of breath and unable to talk after her run.
  • He is overweight and gets short of breath just walking to his car.

Word by Word Definitions

short play
  1. : having little length

  2. : not tall or high : low

  3. : not extended in time : brief

  1. : in a curt manner

  2. : for or during a brief time

  3. : at a disadvantage : unawares

  1. : the sum and substance : upshot

  2. : a short syllable

  3. : a short sound or signal

  1. : short-circuit

  2. : shortchange, cheat

  3. : to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices

breath play
  1. : air filled with a fragrance or odor

  2. : a slight indication : suggestion

  3. : the faculty of breathing


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