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breathless

[ breth-lis ]
/ ˈbrɛθ lɪs /
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adjective

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.

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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, adverbbreath·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for breathless

breathless
/ (ˈbrɛθlɪs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of breathless

breathlessly, adverbbreathlessness, noun
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