breathless Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty
    dyspnoeal; dyspneic; dyspneal; dyspnoeic.
    • breathless at thought of what I had done
    • breathless from running
    • followed the match with breathless interest
  2. adjective satellite tending to cause suspension of regular breathing
    • a breathless flight
    • breathtaking adventure
  3. adjective satellite appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
    pulseless; inanimate.
    • an inanimate body
    • pulseless and dead


Breath"less adjective
  1. Spent with labor or violent action; out of breath.
  2. Not breathing; holding the breath, on account of fear, expectation, or intense interest; attended with a holding of the breath; as, breathless attention.
    But breathless, as we grow when feeling most. Byron.
  3. Dead; as, a breathless body.

Webster 1913