See also: gäsp

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gaspen, gayspen (to gape, outbreathe), related to and likely derived from Old Norse geispa (to yawn) or its descendant Danish gispe, which may be related to gapa (to gape).[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɑːsp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡæsp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æsp

VerbEdit

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.
    The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
  2. (intransitive) To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
    We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
    • c. 1761-1764, Robert Lloyd, An Epistle to C. Churchill, Author of the Rosicad
      She gasps and struggles hard for life.
  3. (transitive) To speak in a breathless manner.
    The old man gasped his last few words.
  4. To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
    I'm gasping for a cup of tea.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

gasp (plural gasps)

  1. A short, sudden intake of breath.
    The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
  2. (Britain, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
    I'm popping out for a gasp.

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InterjectionEdit

gasp

  1. (humorous) The sound of a gasp.
    Gasp! What will happen next?

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “gasp”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

AnagramsEdit


WestrobothnianEdit

NounEdit

gasp n

  1. loud talking, joking, fun

Related termsEdit