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Gasp (plural Gasps)
  1. A short, sudden intake of breath.
  2. (UK) (slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).


Gasp (third-person singular simple present Gasps, present participle Gasping, simple past and past participle Gasped)

  1. (intransitive): To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
  2. (intransitive): To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
  3. (transitive): To speak in a breathless manner

Adjectives for Gasp

convulsive; painful; long; grieving; struggling; broken; terrific; fitful; gurgling; last.

Adverbs for Gasp

incredulously; breathlessly; unintelligibly; audibly; convulsively; fitfully; dramatically; brokenly; startlingly.


suffocate, suspiration, sweat, swelter, thunder, tire, toast, trumpet, twang, wail, warble, weary, wheeze, whine, whisper, wilt, wind, yap, yawp, yell, yelp, Aqua-Lung, artificial respiration, aspiration, asthmatic wheeze, bake, bark, bawl, be in heat, bellow, blare, blat, blaze, bloom, blow, blubber, boil, boom, bray, break down, breath, breath of air, breathe, breathe hard, breathe in, breathe out, breathing, broil, broken wind, burn, burn out, buzz, cackle, chant, chirp, choke, collapse, combust, coo, cook, cough, crack up, crow, drawl, droop, drop, exclaim, exhalation, exhale, exhaust, expel, expiration, expire, exsufflation, faint, fatigue, flag, flame, flame up, flare, flare up, flicker, flush, flute, fry, get tired, give out, glow, grow weary, growl, grunt, gulp, hack, heave, hiccup, hiss, huff, incandesce, inhalation, inhalator, inhale, inspiration, inspire, insufflation, iron lung, jade, keen, lilt, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, mumble, murmur, mutter, oxygen mask, oxygen tent, pant, parch, peter out, pipe, play out, poop out, puff, puff and blow, radiate heat, respiration, respire, roar, roast, rumble, run down, run out, scald, scorch, scream, screech, scuba, seethe, shimmer with heat, shriek, sibilate, sigh, simmer, sing, sink, smolder, smother, snap, snarl, sneeze, sniff, sniffle, snore, snoring, snort, snuff, snuffle, sob, spark, squall, squawk, squeal, steam, sternutation, stertor, stew, stifle, succumb,


Perhaps from Old Norse geispa or Danish gispe.