Origin of breathless
Examples from the Web for breathless
Suddenly, you are crying, breathless, raging, and on quieter days just going through the motions.
At his shows, I remember there being a hushed, breathless anticipation as we waited to see which song Smith would play next.‘Heaven Adores You’ Is More Celebratory Than Salacious About Elliott Smith|Rachel Kramer Bussel|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The community in which you were raised does not gather around the television set every four years for a solid, breathless month.
After a breathless waiting period in which the infected were quarantined, none of the six fell ill.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?|Scott Bixby|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not apprehension, it is rather a breathless expectancy—of what, God knows!Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The two argued from ten in the morning until five in the afternoon, a great crowd listening all the time with breathless interest.William Penn|George Hodges
It was a breathless afternoon; beyond the city the blue hills seemed to float and quiver in mid-air.Pharos, The Egyptian|Guy Newell Boothby
I discoursed (as I suppose) with a certain eloquence; my companion sat listening, breathless.Four Meetings|Henry James
Sylvia turned to her father with breathless inquiry in her eyes.For the Term of His Natural Life|Marcus Clarke
He started into a breathless run when Hannah's battle whoop reached him on the still air.The Northern Iron|George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for breathless
Word Origin and History for breathless
late 14c., "unable to breathe," from breath + -less. Meaning "out of breath, panting" is from mid-15c. Used from 1590s in the sense "dead." Meaning "forgetting to breathe due to excitement, awe, anticipation, etc." is recorded from 1802. Related: Breathlessly; breathlessness.