gasp

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English. Related to and possibly derived from Old Norse geispa or Danish gispe.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gasp (plural gasps)

  1. A short, sudden intake of breath.
    The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
  2. (UK, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
    I'm popping out for a gasp.

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Verb[edit]

gasp (third-person singular simple present gasps, present participle gasping, simple past and past participle gasped)

  1. (intransitive) To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
    The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
  2. (intransitive) To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
    We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
    • Lloyd
      She gasps and struggles hard for life.
  3. (transitive) To speak in a breathless manner.
    The old man gasped his last few words.
  4. To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
    I'm gasping for a cup of tea.
    • Spenser
      Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain.

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Interjection[edit]

gasp

  1. (humorous) The sound of a gasp.
    Gasp! What will happen next?

References[edit]

  1. ^ gasp” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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