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gasping

[ gasp, gahsp ]SEE DEFINITION OF gasping

Synonyms for gasping

  • choke
  • snort
  • whoop
  • blow
  • convulse
  • gulp
  • heave
  • inhale
  • inspire
  • pant
  • puff
  • respire
  • sniffle
  • wheeze
  • catch one's breath
  • fight for breath
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GASPING

With parched throats, gasping for breath, they lay back in agony.

Banstead at last relieved his feelings with a gasping, "Well, I'm damned!"

He spoke with a gasping voice, and his face flushed crimson in the moonlight.

The stranger dies, while the Indian, sweating and gasping for breath, survives.

"It is not sand," said Monny, gasping a little in the heavy air.

There was a silence, finally broken by a long, gasping sigh.

Harry opened the window, and hung out of it gasping for breath.

He was torn loose from his prey, rolled over and over, gasping for air.

He was drenched in an instant, strangling and gasping for breath.

Nana, who was crying and gasping, thereupon held her breath.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., gaspen, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse geispa "to yawn," or its Danish derivative gispe "gasp," which probably are related to Old Norse gapa (see gape). Related: Gasped; gasping.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GASPING

breathing

adjectiverespiring
  • gasping
  • inhaling
  • panting
  • respiratory
  • wheezing

winded

adjectiveout of breath
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