Definition of breathless in US English:

breathless

adjective

  • 1Gasping for breath, typically due to exertion.

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

breathless

/ˈbrɛθləs//ˈbreTHləs/