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.
motionless or still, as air without a breeze: a breathless summer day.
- breath·less·ly, adverb
- breath·less·ness, noun
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How to use breathless in a sentence
When he arrived beneath its domed ceiling, already breathless from the run over, he got hit in the face with bear spray.“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection | by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan | February 12, 2021 | ProPublica
For years, Republicans have been jumping up and down, breathlessly screaming that the Affordable Care Act would be a “disaster.”
As I was taking off my boots, Bianca came breathlessly into my room.
It leads one to wonder how breathlessly the actual runup to the 2016 election will be covered.
Run breathlessly and pointlessly after his mustachioed shadow?
Most breathlessly speculated that the defense would never recover.
At sight of Monsieur Gaubert, running so breathlessly, he started forward, wondering and uneasy.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Just then Jess was aroused from her brown 15 study by hearing somebody calling breathlessly after her.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
There were few afternoons when a ring of spectators did not surround the table, breathlessly watching the champions.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
"Never mind them," said Amy, leaning a little breathlessly toward Betty.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
He crushed the paper in his hand and hurried breathlessly westward at the top of his speed.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for breathless
out of breath; gasping, etc
holding one's breath or having it taken away by excitement, etc: a breathless confrontation
(esp of the atmosphere) motionless and stifling
rare lifeless; dead
- breathlessly, adverb
- breathlessness, noun
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