Gasp definition

găsp
To draw in the breath sharply, as from shock.
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A short convulsive intake or catching of the breath.
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To breathe convulsively or laboriously.

Gasping for air.

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To utter in a breathless manner.
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(UK, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (gasper).

I'm popping out for a gasp.

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(intransitive) To breathe laboriously or convulsively.

We were all gasping when we reached the summit.

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To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.

I'm gasping for a cup of tea.

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(humorous) The sound of a gasp.

Gasp! What will happen next?

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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.

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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.

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To inhale suddenly, as in surprise, or breathe with effort, as in choking.
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To say or tell with gasps.
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A gasping; catching of the breath with difficulty.
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A short, sudden intake of breath.

The audience gave a gasp of astonishment.

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(intransitive) To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.

The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.

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To speak in a breathless manner.

The old man gasped his last few words.

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A city and a peninsula in Quebec, Canada.
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at the last gasp
  • just before death
  • just before the end; at the last moment
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gasp
Plural:
gasps

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at the last gasp

Origin of gasp

  • Middle English gaspen, gaispen to gape, yawn from Old Norse geispa to yawn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English. Related to and possibly derived from Old Norse geispa or Danish gispe.

    From Wiktionary