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verb (used without object)
  1. to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.

  2. to gasp, as for air.

  1. to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.

  2. to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.

  3. to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.

  4. 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).

verb (used with object)
  1. to breathe or utter gaspingly.

  1. the act of panting.

  2. a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.

  1. a puff, as of an engine.

  2. a throb or heave, as of the breast.

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.

Other words for pant

Other words from pant

  • pant·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·pant·ing, adjective

Other definitions for pant (2 of 3)

[ pant ]

  1. 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)


  1. variant of panto- before a vowel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pant


/ (pænt) /

  1. to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement

  2. to say (something) while breathing thus

  1. (intr often foll by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn

  2. (intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly

  1. the act or an instance of panting

  2. a short deep gasping noise; puff

Origin of pant

C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasia fantasy

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