- 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.
A woman gasps.
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.