- The definition of a pant is taking a fast breath, a throb, or the puff from an engine.
- An example of a pant is what a person is doing after running on a treadmill for an hour.
- An example of a pant is the heavy beat of the heart.
- An example of a pant is the steam released from a steam engine train.
- Pant is defined as to breath rapidly, to beat quickly, or to strongly want something.
- An example of pant is what a person does after sprinting a distance.
- An example of pant is what a person's heart does after running fast.
- An example of pant is a child desperately wanting an ice cream cone.
A dog pants when it's warm.
- to breathe rapidly and heavily; gasp, as from running fast
- to beat rapidly, as the heart; throb; pulsate
- to feel strong desire; yearn eagerly: with for or after
- to give off steam, smoke, etc. in loud puffs, as an engine
Origin of pantMiddle English panten, probably contr. ; from Old French pantaisier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form phantasiare, to suffer from a nightmare ; from Classical Latin phantasia, idea, notion, nightmare: see fantasy
- any of a series of rapid, heavy breaths, as from exertion; gasp
- a throb, as of the heart
- a puff, as of an engine
verbpant·ed, pant·ing, pants
- To breathe rapidly in short gasps, as after exertion.
- To beat loudly or heavily; throb or pulsate.
- To give off loud puffs, especially while moving.
- To long demonstratively; yearn: was panting for a chance to play.
- A short labored breath; a gasp.
- A throb; a pulsation.
- A short loud puff, as of steam from an engine.
Origin of pantMiddle English panten, perhaps alteration of Old French pantaisier, from Vulgar Latin *pantasiāre, from Greek phantasioun, to form images, from phantasiā, appearance; see fantasy.
Origin of pantShort for pantaloon.
(third-person singular simple present pants, present participle panting, simple past and past participle panted)
- (intransitive) To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.
- To long for (something); to be eager for (something).
- (intransitive) To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.
- (intransitive) Of the heart, to beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate.
- (intransitive) To sigh; to flutter; to languish.
Possibly a shortening of Old French pantoisier (“to be breathless”) (compare modern French panteler (“to gasp for breath”)), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiō (“struggling for breath when having a nightmare”), from Ancient Greek φαντασιόω (phantasioō, “I am subject to hallucinations”), from φαντασία (phantasia, “appearance, image, fantasy”).
- (fashion) A pair of pants (trousers or underpants).
- (used attributively as a modifier) Of or relating to pants.
- Pant leg
- a public drinking fountain in Scotland and North-East England
Variant of panto-
Origin of panto-; from Classical Greek pantos, genitive of pan: see pan-