gasp

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See also: gäsp

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɑːsp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡæsp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æsp

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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Noun[edit]

gasp (plural gasps)

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

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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, 2001–2019.

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Westrobothnian[edit]

Noun[edit]

gasp n

  1. loud talking, joking, fun

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