a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
"she gave a gasp and fainted"
pant, puff, gasp, heave(verb)
breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
"The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
A short, sudden intake of breath.
The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
: A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
I'm popping out for a gasp.
: To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
The audience gasped as the magician disappeared
: To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
We were all gasping when we reached the summit
: To speak in a breathless manner
The old man gasped his last few words
to open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently
to pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire
to emit or utter with gasps; -- with forth, out, away, etc
the act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath
Origin: [OE. gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. geispa to yawn; akin to Sw. gspa, Dan. gispe to gasp.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gasp, v.i. to gape in order to catch breath: to desire eagerly.—n. the act of opening the mouth to catch the breath.—pr.p. and adj. Gasp′ing, convulsive, spasmodic.—adv. Gasp′ingly.—The last gasp, the utmost extremity. [Ice. geispa, to yawn, by metathesis from geipsa, cf. geip, idle talk.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'GASP' in Verbs Frequency: #1008
The numerical value of GASP in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of GASP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I think this is the last gasp of folks who have been fighting against [the Affordable Care Act] for ideological reasons.
Those outdated steel mills, local governments and local banks are lingering in the last gasp, they live or die together.
This picture never fails to draw a gasp, the picture itself is the news; it shows that dramatic moment between life and death.
You have teeny-tiny cap sleeves. You have very fitted shirts that you find more in the women's department ... and then the shorts is where perhaps most parents gasp as they walk into some of these stores.
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Translations for GASP
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- těžce dýchat, zajíknout, lapat po dechuCzech
- japsen, keuchenGerman
- bocanada, jadearSpanish
- haukkoa henkeään, savut, huohottaa, henkäisyFinnish
- haleter, halètement, ahanerFrench
- plosgScottish Gaelic
- boccheggiare, rantolo, rantolare, restare a bocca aperta, ansimare, tirata di sigaretta, anelito, trattenere il fiato, restare senza fiatoItalian
- 喘ぐ, 息を呑むJapanese
- huataue, mote, kuhaMāori
- snakken, hijgenDutch
- pese, gisp, gispe, dragNorwegian
- задыхаться, открывать рот, вздыхать, дышать с трудом, вздохнутьRussian
- kippa, flämtning, flämtaSwedish
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