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[pant] /pænt/
verb (used without object)
to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
to gasp, as for air.
to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn:
to pant for revenge.
to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves.
Compare work (def 24).
verb (used with object)
to breathe or utter gaspingly.
the act of panting.
a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
a puff, as of an engine.
a throb or heave, as of the breast.
Origin of pant1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English panten < Middle French pant(a)is(i)er < Vulgar Latin *phantasiāre to have visions < Greek phantasioûn to have or form images. See fantasy
Related forms
pantingly, adverb
unpanting, adjective
1. puff, blow. Pant, gasp suggest breathing with more effort than usual. Pant suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement: to pant after running for the train. Gasp suggests catching one's breath in a single quick intake, as from amazement, terror, and the like, or a series of such quick intakes of breath, as in painful breathing: to gasp with horror; to gasp for breath. 3. thirst, hunger. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for panted
Historical Examples
  • "But why—why—" Mrs. Whitney squeaked and panted, and her breath failed.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • "This way," she panted, catching him by the coat, and pulling him toward the window.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • How we surged and panted, and fought one another for our sacred lives!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "My dear, I am not contradicting; I am not well enough to contradict," panted poor Jenkins.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "My dear, it is of no use your talking; I must go to the office," he panted.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "You Americans—very keen," panted Caradoc in the midst of his rackings.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • He stopped with a jerk, his hand went to his heart, and he panted and scowled with pain.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He paced his chamber in an agitated spirit, and panted for the Senate.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Worst of all, his mouth was open, and his chest could be seen to vibrate as he panted.

  • He panted and ceased to struggle, meditating some act of treachery.

British Dictionary definitions for panted


to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
to say (something) while breathing thus
(intransitive) often foll by for. to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
(intransitive) to pulsate; throb rapidly
the act or an instance of panting
a short deep gasping noise; puff
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasiafantasy
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Word Origin and History for panted



mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Old French pantaisier "gasp, puff, pant, be out of breath, be in distress" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," literally "to have visions," from Greek phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance, image, fantasy" (see phantasm). Related: Panted; panting.



"a gasping breath," c.1500, from pant (v.).

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panted in Medicine

pant (pānt)
v. pant·ed, pant·ing, pants
To breathe rapidly and shallowly.

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