As a verb, pant means 'to breathe quickly and with difficulty, usually after making an effort or out of excitement.' It also means 'to speak quickly while breathing deeply.' If you pant for something, it means that you really want it. As a noun, a pant is a short and quick breath. We often see dogs panting when they're excited, tired, or hot.
It was my first boxing class and I was pantingand sweating after the first five minutes.
I was so excited to be elected president of my high school class; I couldn't stop panting as I told my parents the news.
"It's too hot in here; can we open the window?" she panted.
Lucy was panting for revenge when her boyfriend cheated on her.
Tom was trying to say something, but I couldn't hear through his pants.
Dogs stick out their tongues and pant when they're hot because it helps them cool down.
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A similar word to pant is gasp. You can use gasp in most instances where you would use pant, but gasp can also be a sharp intake of breath due to surprise or fear, and you can't use pant for that meaning. For example, "Martin gasped when an air conditioner suddenly fell out of a window and onto the sidewalk in front of him."
Commonly confused with
Don't confuse it with pants. The noun pants is always used in the plural and it means 'trousers' in the US or 'underwear' in the UK. However, pant as an adjective can mean 'relating to pants.' For example, a pant leg is one side of a pair of pants.
Pant dates back to the first half of the 15th century, from the the late Middle English word panten and the Middle French word pant(a)is(i)er. It can be traced back to the Greek word phantasioûn, meaning 'to have or form images,' and the Vulgar Latin word phantasiāre, meaning 'to have visions.'