- 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 panting
Panting, she undid the scarf and flooded the room with light.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Panting for breath I blundered at the task of connecting the light.
Panting, completely exhausted, Ken forced his brain to the question.Under Arctic Ice
Panting and breathless he defended himself as best he could.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
Panting and crouching, Winterslea groped his way among them.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- 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 panting
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.