Pant is defined as to breath rapidly, to beat quickly, or to strongly want something.(verb)
The definition of a pant is taking a fast breath, a throb, or the puff from an engine.(noun)
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Origin: ME panten, prob. contr. < OFr pantaisier < VL *phantasiare, to suffer from a nightmare < L phantasia, idea, notion, nightmare: see fantasy
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verb pant·ed, pant·ing, pants verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English panten
Origin: , perhaps alteration of Old French pantaisier
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *pantasiāre
Origin: , from Greek phantasioun, to form images
Origin: , from phantasiā, appearance; see fantasy.
Origin: Short for pantaloon. Word History: One would not expect a word for a modern article of clothing to come ultimately from the name of a 4th-century Roman Catholic saint, but that is the case with the word pants. It can be traced back to Pantaleon, the patron saint of Venice. He became so closely associated with the inhabitants of that city that the Venetians were popularly known as Pantaloni. Consequently, among the commedia dell'arte's stock characters the representative Venetian (a stereotypically wealthy but miserly merchant) was called Pantalone, or Pantalon in French. In the mid-17th century the French came to identify him with one particular style of trousers, a style which became known as pantaloons in English. Pantaloons was later applied to another style that came into fashion in the late 18th century, tight-fitting garments that had begun to replace knee breeches. After that pantaloons was used to refer to trousers in general. The abbreviation of pantaloons to pants met with some resistance at first; it was considered vulgar and, as Oliver Wendell Holmes put it, “a word not made for gentlemen, but ‘gents.’” First found in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe in 1840, pants has replaced the “gentleman's word” in English and has lost all obvious connection to Saint Pantaleon.
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