- to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
- to gasp, as for air.
- to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.
- to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
- to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
- Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves.Compare work(def 24).
- to breathe or utter gaspingly.
- the act of panting.
- a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
- a puff, as of an engine.
- a throb or heave, as of the breast.
Origin of pant1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for pant on Thesaurus.com
- of or relating to pants: pant cuffs.
Origin of pant2
- variant of panto- before a vowel.
Examples from the Web for pant
This requires him to pant, bark, fetch, and lick Julia Roberts.Is ‘Mirror Mirror’ Starring Julia Roberts the Worst Movie of the Year?
March 30, 2012
Why, in a little while we wanted to hold our mouths open and pant like a dog.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He was out of breath with whispering; I could hear him pant slightly.The Secret Sharer
I pant for a plantation which shall shelter and not suffocate.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
Her head drooped back and her parted lips seemed to pant and glow.In a Little Town
“Bullets,” said Harry, who began to pant with excitement, as he made for the door.In the Mahdi's Grasp
George Manville Fenn
- to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
- to say (something) while breathing thus
- (intr often foll by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
- (intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly
- the act or an instance of panting
- a short deep gasping noise; puff
Word Origin and History for pant
mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Old French pantaisier "gasp, puff, pant, be out of breath, be in distress" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," literally "to have visions," from Greek phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance, image, fantasy" (see phantasm). Related: Panted; panting.
"a gasping breath," c.1500, from pant (v.).
- To breathe rapidly and shallowly.