- 1Breathe with short, quick breaths, typically from exertion or excitement: he was panting when he reached the topMore example sentences
breathe heavily, breathe hard, breathe quickly, puff, huff and puff, puff and blow, gasp, wheeze, heave, blowout of breath, breathless, short of breath, puffed out, puffing, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath, wheezing, wheezy, winded, short-winded• informal out of puff
- It was a stand off now, the two circling each other as they panted, short of breath, and sweat gleamed on their foreheads, dirt smeared across their faces.
- We paused by a telephone pole, leaned against a garden wall, and panted in short urgent breaths.
- We reached my house, panting and out of breath but excited nonetheless.
- 1.1 [with direct speech] Say something breathlessly: ‘We’ll never have time,’ she pantedMore example sentences
- "I am late," she pants with pouty jowls.
- "I'm suffocating," she pants.
- 2Long for or to do something: the opening song makes you pant for moreMore example sentences
yearn for, long for, crave, hanker after/for, pine for, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, be hungry for, be greedy for, be thirsty for, itch for, sigh for, be dying for, cry out for, wish for, desire, be consumed with desire for, want, covet• informal have a yen for• archaic be athirst for, suspire for
- America is such an enlightened and benign hegemon, they argue, that most states will pant for US leadership.
- The complete domination that they pant for is so close and yet still not complete.
- Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them.
- 2.1 • literary (Of the heart or chest) throb or heave from strong emotions: his breast panted with alarmsMore example sentences
- His chest panting, the big Guaranzen saw Hark rush him once more.
- Her chest was panting faster by the second as he looked at her with those passionate blue eyes.
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Middle English: related to Old French pantaisier 'be agitated, gasp', based on Greek phantasioun 'cause to imagine', from phantasia (see fantasy).