verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of gasp
Synonyms for gasp
Related Words for gaspedwhoop, snort, choke, blow, inhale, inspire, pant, convulse, gulp, respire, puff, wheeze, heave, sniffle
Examples from the Web for gasped
Contemporary Examples of gasped
The execution Wednesday of an Arizona man lasted almost two hours as he gasped for air.Arizona Botches Execution
July 23, 2014
“They were just meat,” he gasped before breaking down in tears.A Child’s Funeral in Gaza
July 18, 2014
Millennials are “unmoored from institutions,” gasped Pew Research recently.Rand Paul is Politically Divergent. And So He Must Be Stopped.
March 27, 2014
The castle, she gasped and then so imprisoned her breath, to the shallow confines of her fragile chest.Facebook Post By Chardon Ohio High School Shooting Suspect T.J. Lane
February 27, 2012
Over 200 people, from reporters to photographers and sales reps, gasped as they were told they would be losing their jobs.The Intrusive British Press
July 10, 2011
Historical Examples of gasped
He held her to him and muttered incoherencies until she gasped.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.In the Midst of Alarms
"You don't mean that," she gasped in a quivering voice when at last she could speak.Her Father's Daughter
"I am an officer of the Holy Inquisition; no one dare touch me," he gasped.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
He went to the window and gasped in the mists of the sultry air for breath.Night and Morning, Complete
- at the point of death
- at the last moment
Word Origin for gasp
late 14c., gaspen, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse geispa "to yawn," or its Danish derivative gispe "gasp," which probably are related to Old Norse gapa (see gape). Related: Gasped; gasping.
1570s, from gasp (v.).
see last gasp.