Definition of pant in English:



  • 1 Breathe with short, quick breaths, typically from exertion or excitement.

    ‘he was panting when he reached the top’
    • ‘We reached my house, panting and out of breath but excited nonetheless.’
    • ‘He seamed to be panting heavily, breathing in deep, short and furious gasps as if he had been running forever.’
    • ‘Finally he calmed down, his chest heaving as he panted, his heart still pounding in his chest.’
    • ‘Elvira collapsed into a corner, still panting, her chest heaved up and down.’
    • ‘We paused by a telephone pole, leaned against a garden wall, and panted in short urgent breaths.’
    • ‘Syd panted, her heart rate slowly returning to normal.’
    • ‘He scrambled to his little feet, his eyes were wild with something old, stronger and feral, panting and gasping for air.’
    • ‘She panted deeply, breath coming in raspy bursts.’
    • ‘It was a stand off now, the two circling each other as they panted, short of breath, and sweat gleamed on their foreheads, dirt smeared across their faces.’
    • ‘All my breath left me in one gasp and I panted for breath as he set me back down on my feet.’
    • ‘I was breathless from the moment and was panting for breath.’
    • ‘She couldn't catch her breath; she was panting for air, sweating profusely, her vision spinning.’
    • ‘She panted quickly, her breaths coming in quick succession.’
    • ‘I pant heavily, taking short and rigid breaths as I swing my racquet violently, coming in contact with the ball as it bounces off of my yellow garage door, zooming back at me.’
    • ‘They leaned heavily against the wall, gasping and panting to catch their breath.’
    • ‘His body heaved as he panted, yet he seemed so weary he could hardly stay on his knees.’
    • ‘My chest heaved, I was panting, and my hair had become stringy and was sticking to my sweaty neck and face.’
    • ‘Lia was starting to sweat now. she looked as if she had ran for five miles, panting and heaving like that.’
    • ‘As I stood panting for breath after an hour's walk in Amazon-like conditions, the man leading us called a halt.’
    • ‘He was panting heavily, his chest heaving, as if he had just run a great distance.’
    out of breath, breathless, short of breath, puffed out, puffing, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath, wheezing, wheezy, winded, short-winded
    out of puff
    breathe heavily, breathe hard, breathe quickly, puff, huff and puff, puff and blow, gasp, wheeze, heave, blow
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    1. 1.1[with adverbial of direction]Run or go in a specified direction while panting.
      ‘they panted up the stairs’
      • ‘I puffed and panted my way down the stairs and along the corridors ‘til I got to the music rooms.’
      • ‘I arrived late and panted up the road to the gate of the palace between lines of armed police holding back the crowds.’
      • ‘As she panted towards her second floor apartment, she clenched her palms against the banisters, as she had done in the parlour.’
      • ‘She slid into the front hall and booked it up the stairs, leaving Bloom panting along behind her.’
    2. 1.2[with direct speech]Say something breathlessly.
      ‘“We'll never have time,” she panted’
      • ‘"I am late," she pants with pouty jowls.’
      • ‘"I'm suffocating," she pants.’
    3. 1.3Long for, or long to do, something.
      ‘it makes you pant for more’
      • ‘The complete domination that they pant for is so close and yet still not complete.’
      • ‘Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them.’
      • ‘America is such an enlightened and benign hegemon, they argue, that most states will pant for US leadership.’
    4. 1.4literary (of the heart or chest) throb violently from strong emotions.
      • ‘His chest panting, the big Guaranzen saw Hark rush him once more.’
      • ‘Her chest was panting faster by the second as he looked at her with those passionate blue eyes.’


  • 1A short, quick breath.

    • ‘The deep breaths soon turned into quick pants and finally Lamar gave one last cry.’
    • ‘Breath coming in short pants, he halted at the base of the tower.’
    • ‘His breath came in short pants, as if he really had been running.’
    • ‘Her breath was coming in short pants.’
    • ‘Her breath came in short pants as she stumbled backwards collapsing down onto the bed in a tousled heap.’
    • ‘Raven whimpered at the pain even as her breath came in rushed pants.’
    • ‘Nadia asked between pants for breath, nearly two hours later as they neared the summit of the craggy bluff.’
    • ‘Her body was soaked in sweat and her breath came out in shallow pants.’
    • ‘My breath came out in short pants as I saw the house in view.’
    • ‘She glanced up at the gray sky, her breath coming out in a short, gasping pant.’
    • ‘With a start she bolted up it her bed, her breaths coming in heavy pants as tears continued to make their way down her flushed cheeks.’
    • ‘Ryoshi was breathing heavily as she ran through the corridors, her breath coming in hard pants.’
    • ‘Faolan snarled up at me, his eyes blazing, and his breath coming in short pants.’
    • ‘He was covered in cold sweat and his breath came in short pants.’
    • ‘He was out of breath, and sweating, but after a few short pants began to speak.’
    • ‘She ran as fast as she could, her breath coming in fast short pants.’
    • ‘Zac immediately pulled away from her, his breath coming out in short pants, mimicking Sunny's own shallow breathing.’
    • ‘Her breath comes in pants as she struggled to keep standing.’
    gasp, puff, wheeze, breath
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    1. 1.1literary A throb or heave of a person's heart or chest.


Middle English: related to Old French pantaisier be agitated, gasp based on Greek phantasioun cause to imagine from phantasia (see fantasy).