[ breth-lis ]
See synonyms for: breathlessbreathlessly on

  1. without breath or breathing with difficulty; gasping; panting: We were breathless after the steep climb.

  2. with the breath held, as in suspense, astonishment, fear, or the like: breathless listeners of the mystery story.

  1. causing loss of breath, as from excitement, anticipation, or tension: a breathless ride.

  2. dead; lifeless.

  3. motionless or still, as air without a breeze: a breathless summer day.

Origin of breathless

First recorded in 1350–1400, breathless is from the Middle English word brethles.See breath, -less

Other words from breathless

  • breath·less·ly, adverb
  • breath·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby breathless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use breathless in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for breathless


/ (ˈbrɛθlɪs) /

  1. out of breath; gasping, etc

  2. holding one's breath or having it taken away by excitement, etc: a breathless confrontation

  1. (esp of the atmosphere) motionless and stifling

  2. rare lifeless; dead

Derived forms of breathless

  • breathlessly, adverb
  • breathlessness, noun

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