Definition of breathless in English:

breathless

adjective

  • 1Gasping for breath, typically due to exertion.

    ‘the climb left me breathless’
    • ‘She found herself lying on the ground, tired and breathless.’
    • ‘She looked up at him, breathless and gasping in surprise.’
    • ‘He had chased her all around until she was breathless, panting and gasping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within a month of her diagnosis, she was too tired and breathless to walk across her living room.’
    • ‘‘They couldn't be coming after us so quickly,’ he reckoned, breathless and gasping.’
    • ‘I began hearing breathless gasps and I realized that they were mine.’
    • ‘She ran swiftly up the flights of spiraled staircase, panting and breathless.’
    • ‘The swordsman was breathless and tired, yet he had fared better than all his friends, though he did not know it.’
    • ‘Drenched in sweat, they are prostrated by fatigue, breathless in the suffocating heat.’
    • ‘He'd turn his head toward me, his chest still moving up and down quickly from the rapid, breathless exertion.’
    • ‘She looked breathless and exhausted but she was still alert.’
    • ‘The day passed by and our party arrived at the new lodge, tired and breathless.’
    • ‘We had started out the last song breathless, and ended completely exhausted.’
    • ‘All it accomplished was to leave him 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.’
    • ‘The monologue had gone on so long that he was breathless.’
    out of breath, panting, puffing, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, puffed, puffed out, wheezing, wheezy, choking, winded
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    1. 1.1 Short of breath or appearing this way because of excitement or other strong feelings.
      ‘her breathless account of what happened in the courtroom’
      • ‘The action, when it happens, is breakneck and breathless.’
      • ‘The shows are very student-priced and will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘The magnificent rock verticals, lush meadows and turquoise waters left me literally breathless.’
      • ‘She panted into the phone, breathless from all the last-minute planning.’
      • ‘I felt invincible, breathless and overwhelmingly strong.’
      • ‘She speaks in breathless, giggly received pronunciation.’
      • ‘Despite being here to promote a movie devoted to his life, he is hardly your average breathless self-publicist.’
      • ‘Chantelle was nearly breathless with excitement by the end of the night.’
      • ‘And that was it-just those two breathless weeks, then years of mild regret and intermittent speculation.’
      • ‘Together, this is a high-powered trio, a critical mass leading to a dramatic chain reaction that leaves us breathless.’
      • ‘But don't get me wrong: Demme's movie is still a breathless roller-coaster ride very much worth taking.’
      • ‘A walk through the shopping district will leave you breathless and, sometimes, penniless, but it is a worthwhile go.’
      • ‘Their feline sounds and nimble mannerisms left me breathless.’
      • ‘She was breathless with excitement and it was catching.’
      • ‘Though crudely made, it displayed a breathless joy that continued through each of his subsequent films.’
      • ‘Beverly pulled away, feeling breathless and excited at the same time.’
      • ‘Exhausted and breathless from the simple answer, Ben turned a questioning glance at his mum.’
      • ‘The track, like the album, will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘She once rang me breathless with excitement: ‘I'm going to be in a magazine!’’
      • ‘He scooped me back into his arms and we proceeded to dance until we were flushed with breathless excitement.’
      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. 1.2 (of the air or weather) unstirred by a wind or breeze; stiflingly still.
      ‘the warm, breathless air’
      • ‘The bittersweet tang of pulverized sugarcane hung pungent in the breathless void of the wind.’
      • ‘The breathless wind whispered by.’
      • ‘The grey cloaked man could feel their breathless air down his spine.’
      • ‘The grass was yellow, and as high as his knees; not a blade stirred in the cold breathless air.’
      • ‘The light sea breeze made its subtle intrusion in ragged, breathless sighs.’
      stuffy, close, stifling, suffocating, sultry, muggy, fuggy, stale, humid, oppressive
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Pronunciation:

breathless

/ˈbreTHləs/