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You know how right before going "Awwwww!" People breathe in? What exactly is that called? And if there's no specific word for it, how do I describe it?

Example: (This guy 's obsessed with this couple btw) I silently kiss Davin on the cheek, making him turn bright red.

Tj ____. "Aww! You two are so perfect!"

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    A recent coinage that might work for you is squee. Mainstream dictionaries mostly link this to a squealing sound but it's often used figuratively for the feeling inspired when something is so cute and/or so romantic. – 1006a Jan 24 '17 at 22:31
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    @WS2 It designates events which make half the perceivers squee and the other half facepalm. – StoneyB Jan 24 '17 at 22:36
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    Anime watchers (and Japanese speakers) will probably recognize "kawaii" ( 可愛い ). It is the romanized spelling of the Japanese word for "cute", but a little broader. Anime characters exclaim it with great frequency. – RichF Jan 24 '17 at 22:55
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    'cooing' might be close to what you are after – Tom22 Jan 24 '17 at 23:08
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    @WS2 It's a very common word that's been in the English language for a long time. Feel free to use any dictionary to look it up! – ell Jan 24 '17 at 23:53
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The short intake of breath is called a gasp. In that sentence, TJ gasped, "Aww! You two are so perfect!"

You could also say TJ was fawning over the cute couple.

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Though Cameron's suggestion of fawning is particularly good, this action could also be described as gushing:

to make an effusive display of affection or enthusiasm

"Aww! You two are so perfect!" Tj gushed.

[Merriam-Webster]

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    This technically fits the blank, but doesn't address the actual question. – Matthew Read Jan 25 '17 at 6:25

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