Definition of breathless in English:

breathless

adjective

  • 1Gasping for breath, typically due to exertion.

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

breathless

/ˈbrɛθləs/