Definition of breathless adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbreθləs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbreθləs//
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  1. 1having difficulty in breathing; making it difficult for somebody to breathe He arrived breathless at the top of the stairs. They maintained a breathless (= very fast) pace for half an hour. The dance left her feeling breathless and weak.
  2. 2(formal) experiencing, or making somebody experience, a strong emotional reaction the breathless excitement of seeing each other again breathless with something breathless with terror
  3. 3(formal) with no air or wind the breathless heat of a summer afternoon
  4. Extra examples He felt quite breathless. He sounded rather breathless. The children peered through the open door, breathless with excitement. The unaccustomed exercise left him breathless. We had to stop, breathless from exertion.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: breathless