Definition of breathless in English:

breathless

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛθləs
 
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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 (for breath), huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, puffed, puffed out, gulping (for breath), wheezing, wheezy, choking, winded; short of breath, short-winded; exhausted, tired out
informal out of puff
1.1Feeling or causing great excitement or other strong feelings: she was breathless with shock
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  • 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, all agog, eager, expectant, open-mouthed, waiting with bated breath, on the edge of one's seat, on tenterhooks, in suspense, on pins and needles, on edge, excited, impatient
2(Of the air) not stirred by any 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

breathlessly

adverb
More example sentences
  • In about a week, the press will breathlessly declare it's too close to call.
  • I ran breathlessly through the tide of darkness swiftly rolling in, and slowly the stalker melted away.
  • At least there's entertainment to be had from the breathlessly reported Windsor wit and wisdom.

breathlessness

noun
More 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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