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verb (used without object)
  1. to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
  2. to gasp, as for air.
  3. to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.
  4. to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
  5. to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
  6. 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).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to breathe or utter gaspingly.
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noun
  1. the act of panting.
  2. a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
  3. a puff, as of an engine.
  4. a throb or heave, as of the breast.
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Origin of pant1

1400–50; late Middle English panten < Middle French pant(a)is(i)er < Vulgar Latin *phantasiāre to have visions < Greek phantasioûn to have or form images. See fantasy
Related formspant·ing·ly, adverbun·pant·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. puff, blow. 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. 3. thirst, hunger.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for panted

Historical Examples

  • "But why—why—" Mrs. Whitney squeaked and panted, and her breath failed.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • "This way," she panted, catching him by the coat, and pulling him toward the window.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • How we surged and panted, and fought one another for our sacred lives!

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "My dear, I am not contradicting; I am not well enough to contradict," panted poor Jenkins.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • "My dear, it is of no use your talking; I must go to the office," he panted.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood


British Dictionary definitions for panted

pant

verb
  1. to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
  2. to say (something) while breathing thus
  3. (intr often foll by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
  4. (intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of panting
  2. a short deep gasping noise; puff
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasia fantasy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for panted

pant

v.

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.

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pant

n.

"a gasping breath," c.1500, from pant (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

panted in Medicine

pant

(pănt)
v.
  1. To breathe rapidly and shallowly.
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