gasp

[gasp, gahsp]
noun
1.
a sudden, short intake of breath, as in shock or surprise.
2.
a convulsive effort to breathe.
3.
a short, convulsive utterance: the words came out in gasps.
verb (used without object)
4.
to catch one's breath.
5.
to struggle for breath with the mouth open; breathe convulsively.
6.
to long with breathless eagerness; desire; crave (usually followed by for or after ).
verb (used with object)
7.
to utter with gasps (often followed by out, forth, away, etc.): She gasped out the words.
8.
to breathe or emit with gasps (often followed by away ).
Idioms
9.
last gasp, the point of death; dying: At his last gasp he confessed to the murder.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English gaspen, probably Old English *gāspen, equivalent to Old Norse geispa; akin to gape

gaspingly, adverb


4, 5. puff, blow. See pant1.
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gasp (ɡɑːsp)
 
vb (often foll by out)
1.  (intr) to draw in the breath sharply, convulsively, or with effort, esp in expressing awe, horror, etc
2.  (intr; foll by after or for) to crave
3.  to utter or emit breathlessly
 
n
4.  a short convulsive intake of breath
5.  a short convulsive burst of speech
6.  at the last gasp
 a.  at the point of death
 b.  at the last moment
 
[C14: from Old Norse geispa to yawn; related to Swedish dialect gispa, Danish gispe]
 
'gaspingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

gasp
late 14c., gaspen, of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.N. geispa "to yawn," or its Dan. derivative gispe "gasp." Related: Gasped; gasping.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
GASP
Group Against Smoking in Public
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Example sentences
The boys gasped with excitement, and talked about the moment when they would be
  able to jump in.
The crowd around him gasped at the sound of his shot and the sight of the ball
  heading toward the flag.
Flailing desperately, he gasped that he was having trouble breathing.
They gasped at the almost vulgar exuberance of the home, in which every guest
  suite is decorated in a different style.
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