Definition of gasp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡɑːsp//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡæsp//
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  • a quick deep breath, usually caused by a strong emotion to give a gasp of horror/surprise/relief His breath came in short gasps.
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old Norse geispa ‘to yawn’.Extra examples He leaned against the railing, his breath coming in short gasps. He was taking in great gasps of air. She gave a little gasp of delight. She spun round with a little gasp of delight. The stunt brought shocked gasps from the audience. You could hear a collective gasp from the audience. She opened the newspaper and gave a gasp of shock.Idioms the point at which you/something can no longer continue living, fighting, existing, etc. see also last-gasp
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