Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
  2. (noun, artifact) (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
  3. (noun, event) the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)
  4. (verb, body) breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
  5. (verb, communication) utter while panting, as if out of breath

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Synonyms of Pant

gasp, heave, puff, trouser

Origin of the word Pant

  1. c.1440, perhaps a shortening of O.Fr. pantaisier "to be out of breath" (12c.), probably from V.L. *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," lit. "to have visions," from Gk. phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance, image, fantasy" (see phantasm). The noun is… more

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