Definition of breathless in US English:

breathless

adjective

  • 1Gasping for breath, typically due to exertion.

    ‘the climb left me breathless’
    • ‘There is no need to suffer by doing exercises which leave us breathless and sweating.’
    • ‘The monologue had gone on so long that he was breathless.’
    • ‘The test ends when the patient is exhausted or too breathless to continue.’
    • ‘He'd turn his head toward me, his chest still moving up and down quickly from the rapid, breathless exertion.’
    • ‘She ran swiftly up the flights of spiraled staircase, panting and breathless.’
    • ‘Drenched in sweat, they are prostrated by fatigue, breathless in the suffocating heat.’
    • ‘‘They couldn't be coming after us so quickly,’ he reckoned, breathless and gasping.’
    • ‘She found herself lying on the ground, tired and breathless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within a month of her diagnosis, she was too tired and breathless to walk across her living room.’
    • ‘She looked up at him, breathless and gasping in surprise.’
    • ‘I began hearing breathless gasps and I realized that they were mine.’
    • ‘In a moment's time, he was back, breathless and heaving for air.’
    • ‘Air whooshed from his chest and Nyte was left breathless, gasping and coughing for air.’
    • ‘All it accomplished was to leave him breathless and gasping.’
    • ‘She looked breathless and exhausted but she was still alert.’
    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 Short of breath or appearing this way because of excitement or other strong feelings.
      ‘her breathless account of what happened in the courtroom’
      • ‘A walk through the shopping district will leave you breathless and, sometimes, penniless, but it is a worthwhile go.’
      • ‘The action, when it happens, is breakneck and breathless.’
      • ‘She was breathless with excitement and it was catching.’
      • ‘Despite being here to promote a movie devoted to his life, he is hardly your average breathless self-publicist.’
      • ‘The shows are very student-priced and will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘She panted into the phone, breathless from all the last-minute planning.’
      • ‘And that was it-just those two breathless weeks, then years of mild regret and intermittent speculation.’
      • ‘She speaks in breathless, giggly received pronunciation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The track, like the album, will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘Though crudely made, it displayed a breathless joy that continued through each of his subsequent films.’
      • ‘I felt invincible, breathless and overwhelmingly strong.’
      • ‘The magnificent rock verticals, lush meadows and turquoise waters left me literally 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.’
      • ‘Exhausted and breathless from the simple answer, Ben turned a questioning glance at his mum.’
      • ‘Chantelle was nearly breathless with excitement by the end of the night.’
      • ‘She once rang me breathless with excitement: ‘I'm going to be in a magazine!’’
      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 light sea breeze made its subtle intrusion in ragged, breathless sighs.’
      • ‘The breathless wind whispered by.’
      • ‘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 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

/ˈbreTHləs//ˈbrɛθləs/