pant

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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 (phantasióō, I am subject to hallucinations), from φαντασία (phantasía, appearance, image, fantasy).

Noun[edit]

pant (plural pants)

  1. A quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp.
  2. (obsolete) A violent palpitation of the heart.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

pant (third-person singular simple present pants, present participle panting, simple past and past participle panted)

  1. (transitive, 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.
    • Dryden
      Pluto plants for breath from out his cell.
    • Shelley
      There is a cavern where my spirit / Was panted forth in anguish.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 2
      Charles had just slipp'd the bolt of the door, and running, caught me in his arms, and lifting me from the ground, with his lips glew'd to mine, bore me, trembling, panting, dying, with soft fears and tender wishes, to the bed
  2. (transitive) To long for (something); to be eager for (something).
    • Herbert
      Then shall our hearts pant thee.
  3. (intransitive) To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.
    • Bible, Psalms xlii. 1
      As the hart panteth after the water brooks.
    • Alexander Pope
      Who pants for glory finds but short repose.
  4. (intransitive) Of the heart, to beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  5. (intransitive) To sigh; to flutter; to languish.
    • Alexander Pope
      The whispering breeze / Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From pants

Noun[edit]

pant (plural pants)

  1. (fashion) A pair of pants (trousers or underpants).
  2. (used attributively as a modifier) Of or relating to pants.
    Pant leg
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Etymology 3[edit]

Unknown

Noun[edit]

pant (plural pants)

  1. a public drinking fountain in Scotland and North-East England

References[edit]

  • PMSA page with several examples
  • OED 2nd edition

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Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

pant m

  1. hinge

Norwegian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pant n

  1. pawn (item sold to a pawn shop)


This Norwegian entry was created from the translations listed at pawn. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see pant in the Norwegian Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) December 2008


Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Band

Noun[edit]

pȁnt m (Cyrillic spelling пант)

  1. hinge

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pant n

  1. pawn (item sold to a pawn shop)


This Swedish entry was created from the translations listed at pawn. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see pant in the Swedish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) August 2010