Definition of out of breath in US English:

out of breath


  • Gasping for air, typically after exercise.

    ‘he arrived on the top floor out of breath’
    • ‘Panting, she was out of breath when she held out her hands and gripped onto his arms tightly.’
    • ‘They hear thuds as someone approaches the bedroom and Michael bursts in out of breath.’
    • ‘I entered the room from the side entrance close to the stage, out of breath but excited.’
    • ‘Half an hour later Liz walked off the dance floor and flopped back into her chair, out of breath.’
    • ‘After about ten more minutes, they were nearly to the top and both of them were out of breath.’
    • ‘By the time we got to his car we were both laughing and out of breath, and had to collapse against the doors.’
    • ‘By the time she got home she was out of breath and her hair was messy from the wind.’
    • ‘I was all out of breath maybe I should not have asked so many questions at one time.’
    • ‘We were both out of breath from dancing so hard so long.’
    • ‘Needless to say I made it on time and sat down roughly in my chair, completely out of breath.’
    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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