To gasp is defined as to quickly take a deep breath or to have trouble catching your breath.(verb)
The definition of a gasp is a deep inhale as if in shock.(noun)
An example of a gasp is a reaction to seeing an accident occur.
See gasp in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME gaspen < ON geispa, to yawn, prob. by metathesis of *geipsa < geipa, to gossip: for IE base see gape
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verb gasped, gasp·ing, gasps verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English gaspen, gaispen, to gape, yawn
Origin: , from Old Norse geispa, to yawn.
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