- without breath or breathing with difficulty; gasping; panting: We were breathless after the steep climb.
- with the breath held, as in suspense, astonishment, fear, or the like: breathless listeners of the mystery story.
- causing loss of breath, as from excitement, anticipation, or tension: a breathless ride.
- dead; lifeless.
- motionless or still, as air without a breeze: a breathless summer day.
Origin of breathless
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It is only the true lover to whom the breathing form is as sacred as the breathless.Malbone
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- out of breath; gasping, etc
- holding one's breath or having it taken away by excitement, etca breathless confrontation
- (esp of the atmosphere) motionless and stifling
- rare lifeless; dead
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Word Origin and History for breathless
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