Definition of breathless in English:

breathless

adjective

  • 1Gasping for breath, typically due to exertion.

    ‘the climb left me breathless’
    • ‘She ran swiftly up the flights of spiraled staircase, panting and breathless.’
    • ‘She found herself lying on the ground, tired and breathless.’
    • ‘All it accomplished was to leave him breathless and gasping.’
    • ‘The test ends when the patient is exhausted or too breathless to continue.’
    • ‘I began hearing breathless gasps and I realized that they were mine.’
    • ‘She looked up at him, breathless and gasping in surprise.’
    • ‘She looked breathless and exhausted but she was still alert.’
    • ‘The monologue had gone on so long that he was breathless.’
    • ‘He'd turn his head toward me, his chest still moving up and down quickly from the rapid, breathless exertion.’
    • ‘He had chased her all around until she was breathless, panting and gasping.’
    • ‘The swordsman was breathless and tired, yet he had fared better than all his friends, though he did not know it.’
    • ‘Air whooshed from his chest and Nyte was left breathless, gasping and coughing for air.’
    • ‘‘They couldn't be coming after us so quickly,’ he reckoned, breathless and gasping.’
    • ‘There is no need to suffer by doing exercises which leave us breathless and sweating.’
    • ‘In a moment's time, he was back, breathless and heaving for air.’
    • ‘We had started out the last song breathless, and ended completely exhausted.’
    • ‘Within a month of her diagnosis, she was too tired and breathless to walk across her living room.’
    • ‘Drenched in sweat, they are prostrated by fatigue, breathless in the suffocating heat.’
    • ‘The day passed by and our party arrived at the new lodge, tired and breathless.’
    out of breath, panting, puffing, gasping, gasping for breath, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, puffed, puffed out, gulping, gulping for breath, wheezing, wheezy, choking, winded
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    1. 1.1 Feeling or causing great excitement or other strong feelings.
      ‘she was breathless with shock’
      • ‘The track, like the album, will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘Chantelle was nearly breathless with excitement by the end of the night.’
      • ‘Together, this is a high-powered trio, a critical mass leading to a dramatic chain reaction that leaves us breathless.’
      • ‘I felt invincible, breathless and overwhelmingly strong.’
      • ‘She panted into the phone, breathless from all the last-minute planning.’
      • ‘Exhausted and breathless from the simple answer, Ben turned a questioning glance at his mum.’
      • ‘She once rang me breathless with excitement: ‘I'm going to be in a magazine!’’
      • ‘The action, when it happens, is breakneck and breathless.’
      • ‘But don't get me wrong: Demme's movie is still a breathless roller-coaster ride very much worth taking.’
      • ‘Their feline sounds and nimble mannerisms left me breathless.’
      • ‘He scooped me back into his arms and we proceeded to dance until we were flushed with breathless excitement.’
      • ‘Though crudely made, it displayed a breathless joy that continued through each of his subsequent films.’
      • ‘The shows are very student-priced and will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘The magnificent rock verticals, lush meadows and turquoise waters left me literally breathless.’
      • ‘Despite being here to promote a movie devoted to his life, he is hardly your average breathless self-publicist.’
      • ‘A walk through the shopping district will leave you breathless and, sometimes, penniless, but it is a worthwhile go.’
      • ‘She speaks in breathless, giggly received pronunciation.’
      • ‘And that was it-just those two breathless weeks, then years of mild regret and intermittent speculation.’
      • ‘She was breathless with excitement and it was catching.’
      • ‘Beverly pulled away, feeling breathless and excited at the same time.’
      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
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  • 2(of the air) not stirred by any wind or breeze; stiflingly still.

    ‘the warm breathless air’
    • ‘The light sea breeze made its subtle intrusion in ragged, breathless sighs.’
    • ‘The grass was yellow, and as high as his knees; not a blade stirred in the cold breathless air.’
    • ‘The breathless wind whispered by.’
    • ‘The grey cloaked man could feel their breathless air down his spine.’
    • ‘The bittersweet tang of pulverized sugarcane hung pungent in the breathless void of the wind.’
    stuffy, close, stifling, suffocating, sultry, muggy, fuggy, stale, humid, oppressive
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Pronunciation

breathless

/ˈbrɛθləs/