[ bretht, breeth d ]
/ brɛθt, briðd /

adjective Phonetics.

not phonated; unvoiced; voiceless.
utilizing the breath exclusively in the production of a speech sound.

Origin of breathed

1875–80; breath + -ed3 or breathe + -ed2

Definition for breathed (2 of 2)


[ breeth ]
/ brið /

verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

Origin of breathe

1250–1300; Middle English brethen, derivative of breath


Related forms

out·breathe, verb (used with object), out·breathed, out·breath·ing.pre·breathe, verb (used with object), pre·breathed, pre·breath·ing.

Can be confused

breadth breath breathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for breathed

British Dictionary definitions for breathed (1 of 2)


/ (brɛθt, briːðd) /


phonetics relating to or denoting a speech sound for whose articulation the vocal cords are not made to vibrateCompare voiced

British Dictionary definitions for breathed (2 of 2)


/ (briːð) /


Word Origin for breathe

C13: from breath
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Idioms and Phrases with breathed


In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe

  • breathe down someone's neck
  • breathe easy
  • breathe life into
  • breathe one's last

also see:

  • as I live and breathe
  • breathing space
  • not breathe a word
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