- 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
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Examples from the Web for panted
"But why—why—" Mrs. Whitney squeaked and panted, and her breath failed.The Bacillus of Beauty
"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
"My dear, I am not contradicting; I am not well enough to contradict," panted poor Jenkins.
"My dear, it is of no use your talking; I must go to the office," he panted.
- 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 panted
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.