gasp

[gasp, gahsp]

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter with gasps (often followed by out, forth, away, etc.): She gasped out the words.
to breathe or emit with gasps (often followed by away).

Nearby words

  1. gasoline,
  2. gasometer,
  3. gasometric,
  4. gasometric analysis,
  5. gasometry,
  6. gaspar,
  7. gasparovic,
  8. gasper,
  9. gaspereau,
  10. gaspergou

Idioms

    last gasp, the point of death; dying: At his last gasp he confessed to the murder.

Origin of gasp

1350–1400; Middle English gaspen, probably Old English *gāspen, equivalent to Old Norse geispa; akin to gape

Related formsgasp·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for last gasp

gasp

verb

(intr) to draw in the breath sharply, convulsively, or with effort, esp in expressing awe, horror, etc
(intr; foll by after or for) to crave
(tr often foll by out) to utter or emit breathlessly

noun

a short convulsive intake of breath
a short convulsive burst of speech
at the last gasp
  1. at the point of death
  2. at the last moment
Derived Formsgaspingly, adverb

Word Origin for gasp

C14: from Old Norse geispa to yawn; related to Swedish dialect gispa, Danish gispe

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Word Origin and History for last gasp
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Idioms and Phrases with last gasp

last gasp

The moment before death; also, the end. For example, “Fight till the last gasp” (Shakespeare, 1 Henry VI, 1:2), or He was determined to stay at the party until the last gasp. This idiom alludes to taking one's last breath, literally (first example) or figuratively (second example). [Late 1500s]

gasp

see last gasp.

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