[ pant ]
/ pænt /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to breathe or utter gaspingly.
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Origin of pant

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb panten, from Old French pant(a)is(i)er, from unattested Vulgar Latin phantasiāre “to have visions,” from Greek phantasioûn “to have or form images”; see fantasy

synonym study for pant

1. Pant, gasp suggest breathing with more effort than usual. Pant suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement: to pant after running for the train. Gasp suggests catching one's breath in a single quick intake, as from amazement, terror, and the like, or a series of such quick intakes of breath, as in painful breathing: to gasp with horror; to gasp for breath.


pant·ing·ly, adverbun·pant·ing, adjective

Other definitions for pant (2 of 3)

[ pant ]
/ pænt /

of or relating to pants: pant cuffs.

Origin of pant

First recorded in 1890–95; singular of pants

Other definitions for pant (3 of 3)


variant of panto- before a vowel.
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What does pant- mean?

Pant- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “all.” It is occasionally used in a variety of scientific and technical terms.

Pant- comes from the Greek pâs, meaning “all.” The equivalent form derived from Latin is omni-, as in omnivore, which comes from Latin omnis, “all.”

What are variants of pan-?

Pant- is a variant of panto-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Another common variant of pant- is pan-, as in panhuman.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on pan- and panto-.

Examples of pant-

One example of a medical term that features the form pant- is pantalgia, “pain involving the entire body.”

The pant- part of the word means “all,” while the combining form -algia means “pain.” Pantalgia literally translates to “pain all over.”

What are some words that use the combining form pant-?

  • pantagogue
  • pantamorphic
  • pantarchy
  • pantatrophy
  • pantisocracy

What are some other forms that pant- may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters pant-, such as pantaloon, is necessarily using the combining form pant- to denote “all.” Learn what pantaloons are at our entry for the word.

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Atrophy is a medical condition where parts of the body waste away. With this in mind, what kind of medical condition is pantatrophy?

How to use pant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pant

/ (pænt) /

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 for pant

C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasia fantasy
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Medical definitions for pant

[ pănt ]

To breathe rapidly and shallowly.
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