Definition of breathless in English:

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breathless

Pronunciation: /ˈbreTHləs/

adjective

1Gasping for breath, typically due to exertion: the climb left me breathless
More example sentences
  • She looked up at him, breathless and gasping in surprise.
  • All it accomplished was to leave him breathless and gasping.
  • He'd turn his head toward me, his chest still moving up and down quickly from the rapid, breathless exertion.
Synonyms
out of breath, panting, puffing, gasping, wheezing, hyperventilating;
1.1Short of breath or appearing this way because of excitement or other strong feelings: her breathless account of what happened in the courtroom
More example sentences
  • I felt invincible, breathless and overwhelmingly strong.
  • She once rang me breathless with excitement: ‘I'm going to be in a magazine!’
  • She was breathless with excitement and it was catching.
Synonyms
agog, open-mouthed, waiting with bated breath, on the edge of one's seat, on tenterhooks, in suspense;
excited, impatient
1.2(Of the air or weather) unstirred by a wind or breeze; stiflingly still: the warm, breathless air
More example sentences
  • The grass was yellow, and as high as his knees; not a blade stirred in the cold breathless air.
  • The grey cloaked man could feel their breathless air down his spine.
  • The breathless wind whispered by.

Derivatives

breathlessness

Pronunciation: /ˈbreTHləsnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • But earlier I used to get palpitations with breathlessness.
  • In greater doses it can cause chest tightness, fatigue, breathlessness, dizziness and can affect muscle control.
  • I experience breathlessness and sometimes congestion leading to wheezing and hyperventilation.

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Syllabification: breath·less

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