gasp gasp  /ˈɡæsp/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
  2. (v) breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. I was in the audience at the Detroit auto show the day GM unveiled the Pontiac Aztek and I will never forget the gasp that audience made.
  2. It's in Issue 141 of The Paris Review, and it will make you gasp.
  3. If so, it is a gasp that sings, howls, like a grand tenor at an Irish wake.

News

  1. Merion Moments: Phil Mickelson’s scheduling luck continues as group beats race against darkness

    ARDMORE, Pa. — The sequence of sounds that could be heard on the 18th green at 8:27 local time Friday night went in this order: Air horns blew, the gallery did a half gasp-half groan and then marshals quickly shushed … Continue reading ?
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Devil Ball Golf via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Why Ben Affleck Is Spending Father’s Day Alone

    Ben Affleck was honored with the filmmaker of the year award at the Directors Spotlight for UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television's annual film festival on Thursday night. "Omg! Insider" was on the red carpet at the event and got the chance to chat with the Oscar-winning director about his upcoming Father's Day plans. He revealed to us that he would be celebrating it ? gasp! — alone! Uh, oh ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: omg! Celeb News via omg!

  3. Did Spanish Taxing Authorities Target Messi To Send A Message To The World?

    A collective gasp went out from the sports world this week when Lionel Messi, together with his father, were accused by Spanish tax authorities of filing fraudulent tax returns for the years 2007-2009. Allegedly, the pair used a series of offshore companies to avoid nearly ?4m ($5.3 million U.S.) in taxes attributable to licensing his image.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Forbes

Quotes

  1. "Every time the guy took a step, it was either a cheer or a gasp," said Panthers QB David Carr. "That's expected. I mean, that's their guy and a lot was riding on this game."
    on Aug 18, 2007 By: David Carr Source: USA Today

  2. Steve Squyres of Cornell University in New York state, who leads the rover team, said: "You could hear people gasp in astonishment." "This is a remarkable discovery. And the fact that we found something this new and different after nearly...
    on May 22, 2007 By: Steve Squyres Source: Times Online

  3. Helmke said NRA's recent efforts to demonstrate its clout are partly "a sign of desperation. They realize this is probably their last gasp in terms of trying to be the force that they used to be."
    on Mar 30, 2009 By: Paul Helmke Source: guardian.co.uk

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