A woman gasps.
- The definition of a gasp is a deep inhale as if in shock.
An example of a gasp is a reaction to seeing an accident occur.
- To gasp is defined as to quickly take a deep breath or to have trouble catching your breath.
- An example of to gasp is to inhale quickly in shock after seeing a car accident.
- An example of to gasp is to breath with effort after having run around the block.
Origin of gaspMiddle English gaspen from Old Norse geispa, to yawn, probably by metathesis of an unverified form geipsa from geipa, to gossip: for Indo-European base see gape
at the last gasp
- just before death
- just before the end; at the last moment
verbgasped, gasp·ing, gasps
- To draw in the breath sharply, as from shock.
- To breathe convulsively or laboriously: gasping for air.
Origin of gaspMiddle English gaspen, gaispen to gape, yawn from Old Norse geispa to yawn
- A short, sudden intake of breath.
- The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
- (UK, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (gasper).
- I'm popping out for a gasp.
(third-person singular simple present gasps, present participle gasping, simple past and past participle gasped)
- (intransitive) To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
- The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
- (intransitive) To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
- We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
- To speak in a breathless manner.
- The old man gasped his last few words.
- To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
- I'm gasping for a cup of tea.
- (humorous) The sound of a gasp.
- Gasp! What will happen next?
From Middle English. Related to and possibly derived from Old Norse geispa or Danish gispe.