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See also: gäsp
From Middle English gaspen, gayspen (“to gape, outbreathe”), related to and likely derived from Old Norse geispa (“to yawn”) or its descendant Danish gispe, which may be related to gapa (“to gape”).
- (intransitive) To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
- The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
- (intransitive) To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
- We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
- She gasps and struggles hard for life.
- (transitive) To speak in a breathless manner.
- The old man gasped his last few words.
- To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
- I'm gasping for a cup of tea.
- Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain.
to draw in the breath suddenly
to breathe laboriously or convulsively
gasp (plural gasps)
- A short, sudden intake of breath.
- The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
- (Britain, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
- I'm popping out for a gasp.
A short, sudden intake of breath
A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper)
- (humorous) The sound of a gasp.
- Gasp! What will happen next?