Gasp vs Gaspy - What's the difference?

gasp | gaspy |

As a noun gasp

is sigh, yawn; the act of sighing.

As an adjective gaspy is

resembling or characterised by gasps.




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


    (en verb)
  • To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
  • The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
  • To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
  • We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
  • * Lloyd
  • She gasps and struggles hard for life.
  • To speak in a breathless manner.
  • The old man gasped his last few words.
  • To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
  • I'm gasping for a cup of tea.
  • * Spenser
  • Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain.


    (en interjection)
  • (humorous)
  • Gasp ! What will happen next?



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  • Resembling or characterised by gasps.
  • * 1894 , Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad
  • Then his eyes began to spread and his breath to come out kinder gaspy like, and he says: "Ger-reat Scott, it's the LONGITUDE!"
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=September 6, author=Mike Albo, title=The Department of Just Right, work=New York Times citation
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