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Old French[edit]

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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).



  1. to breathe with difficulty


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -ier, with a palatal stem. These verbs are conjugated mostly like verbs in -er, but there is an extra i before the e of some endings. The forms that would normally end in *-ss, *-st are modified to s, st. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • English: pant (uncertain, see pant for further information)