When you breathe hard and fast, you pant. It's perfectly normal to pant after you finish running a marathon — or even after chasing your runaway dog through the neighborhood.

You might pause at the top of a hill to pant and catch your breath before you continue on your hike. That loud, gasping breath itself is also a pant — but when this noun is plural, it means trousers, slacks, or jeans. Be careful, though — in parts of the UK, pants are primarily women's undergarments. Any pants you wear on you body come from pantaloons, which in the 1600s meant tights.

Definitions of pant
  1. verb
    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
    “The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily”
    synonyms: gasp, heave, puff
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    exhale hard
  2. verb
    utter while panting, as if out of breath
    synonyms: gasp
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. noun
    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
    synonyms: gasp
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    aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  4. noun
    (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
    synonyms: trouser
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    bell-bottoms, bellbottom pants, bellbottom trousers
    trousers with legs that flare; worn by sailors; absurdly wide hems were fashionable in the 1960s
    breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers, knickers
    trousers ending above the knee
    trousers made with chino cloth
    tight trousers worn by people from the Indian subcontinent (typically with a kameez or kurta)
    cords, corduroys
    cotton trousers made of corduroy cloth
    flannel, gabardine, tweed, white
    (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
    blue jean, denim, jean
    (usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
    jodhpur breeches, jodhpurs, riding breeches
    flared trousers ending at the calves; worn with riding boots
    long pants, long trousers
    trousers reaching to the foot
    pajama, pyjama
    a pair of loose trousers tied by a drawstring around the waist; worn by men and women in some Asian countries
    trousers worn in former times
    pedal pusher, toreador pants
    snug trousers ending at the calves; worn by women and girls
    salwar, shalwar
    a pair of light loose trousers with a tight fit around the ankles; worn by women from the Indian subcontinent (usually with a kameez)
    short pants, shorts, trunks
    trousers that end at or above the knee
    (usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
    stretch pants
    trousers made of a stretchy fabric
    sweat pants, sweatpants
    loose-fitting trousers with elastic cuffs; worn by athletes
    tight-fitting trousers; usually of tartan
    Bermuda shorts, Jamaica shorts
    short pants that end at the knee
    informal term for breeches
    breeches made of buckskin
    hot pants
    skin-tight very short pants worn by young women as an outer garment
    leather shorts often worn with suspenders; worn especially by men and boys in Bavaria
    Levi's, levis
    a popular brand of jeans
    plus fours
    men's baggy knickers hanging below the knees; formerly worn for sports (especially golf)
    trunk hose
    puffed breeches of the 16th and 17th centuries usually worn over hose
    type of:
    an article of clothing
  5. noun
    the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)
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    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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