verb-intransitive. To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently.verb-intransitive. To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.v. To emit or utter with gasps; -- with forth, out, away, etc.n. The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath.