pant

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.

Primary Meanings of pant

1.
vn
breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
2.
n
(usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
3.
n
the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)
Full Definitions of pant
1

v breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

“The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily”
Synonyms:
gasp, heave, puff
Type of:
blow
exhale hard

v utter while panting, as if out of breath

Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

n a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open

Synonyms:
gasp
Type of:
aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
2

n (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately

Synonyms:
trouser
Types:
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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
chino
trousers made with chino cloth
churidars
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
pantaloon
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
slacks
(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
trews
tight-fitting trousers; usually of tartan
Bermuda shorts, Jamaica shorts
short pants that end at the knee
britches
informal term for breeches
buckskins
breeches made of buckskin
hot pants
skin-tight very short pants worn by young women as an outer garment
lederhosen
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:
garment
an article of clothing
3

n the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)

Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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