Origin of breathed
verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
- to be close to someone in pursuit; menace; threaten: Police from four states were breathing down his neck.
- to watch someone closely so as to supervise or control: If everyone keeps breathing down my neck, how can I get my work done?
Origin of breathe
Synonyms for breathe
Related Words for breathedexhale, inhale, sigh, infuse, inject, snore, sniff, pant, gulp, respire, fan, snort, expire, gasp, puff, wheeze, scent, insufflate, imbue, transfuse
Examples from the Web for breathed
Contemporary Examples of breathed
But he breathed vibrant, hilarious, oh-so-fabulous life into the classic 1996 remake.Out of the Birdcage: How Mike Nichols Made Gay Culture Mainstream
November 20, 2014
Outside of the absurdity of “blood splatter” flying through the air is the implication that Ebola can be “breathed” at all.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
I breathed sloppily through my mouth, hung my head between my legs, and spit every so often.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
You'd put a scarf across your nose and mouth and when you breathed through it, it would get all white with frost.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Every time he breathed, he felt pains all through his torso—fractured ribs.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
Historical Examples of breathed
I breathed freely, and my form seemed to expand itself with buoyant life.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At the top she breathed a moment and then knocked at a door before her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He had breathed into the atmosphere a subtle malaria, and George had caught the disease.Life in London
His teeth were set, and he breathed hard, as would a man engaged in a struggle.In the Midst of Alarms
She had taken the bouquet of violets and breathed the perfume to cool her feverishness.The Dream
- to take in air, esp for combustionthe engine breathes through this air filter
- to equalize the pressure within a container, chamber, etc, with atmospheric pressurethe crankcase breathes through this duct
Word Origin for breathe
c.1300, not in Old English, but it retains the original Old English vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathed; breathing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe
- breathe down someone's neck
- breathe easy
- breathe life into
- breathe one's last
- as I live and breathe
- breathing space
- not breathe a word