Definitions for GASPgæsp, gɑsp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gaspgæsp, gɑsp(n.)

  1. a sudden, short intake of breath, as in shock or surprise.

  2. a convulsive effort to breathe.

    Category: Physiology

  3. a short, convulsive utterance.

  4. (v.i.)to catch one's breath.

  5. to struggle for breath with the mouth open.

    Category: Physiology

  6. (v.t.)to utter with gasps (often fol. by out, forth, away, etc.).

Idioms for gasp:

  1. last gasp,final collapse; dying moments.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of gasp:

1350–1400; prob. < ON geispa; akin to gape


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gasp, pant(verb)

    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open

    "she gave a gasp and fainted"

  2. pant, puff, gasp, heave(verb)

    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

    "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gasp(verb)ˈæsp

    to breathe in suddenly and noisily

    Josie gasped at the sight of the diamond ring.

  2. gaspˈæsp

    to try hard to breathe when it is difficult to do so

    to gasp for air


  1. gasp(Noun)

    A short, sudden intake of breath.

    The audience gave a gasp of astonishment

  2. gasp(Noun)

    : A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).

    I'm popping out for a gasp.

  3. gasp(Verb)

    : To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.

    The audience gasped as the magician disappeared

  4. gasp(Verb)

    : To breathe laboriously or convulsively.

    We were all gasping when we reached the summit

  5. gasp(Verb)

    : To speak in a breathless manner

    The old man gasped his last few words

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gasp(verb)

    to open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently

  2. Gasp(verb)

    to pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire

  3. Gasp(verb)

    to emit or utter with gasps; -- with forth, out, away, etc

  4. Gasp(noun)

    the act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GASP' in Verbs Frequency: #1008

Anagrams of GASP

  1. gaps

  2. spag, SPAG

  3. SPAG

Translations for GASP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the sound made by suddenly breathing in, eg because of surprise or sudden pain

a gasp of fear.

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