I want to describe breathe quickly because of exercise.

I Googled, but the two suggested answers are not proper.

  • to breathe deeply is to inhale the fresh air. link
  • to gasp is to inhale shortly due to being scared or shocked. link

What is the proper description?

  • I think your image search is misleading you. "Gasp!" as an exclamation is usually used as you describe, but the verb has many more uses. Try looking up "gasping for breath" and I think you'll see images of people who are short of breath from exercise.
    – 1006a
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 9:41

2 Answers 2


You perhaps refer to panting?


Breathe with short, quick breaths, typically from exertion or excitement.
‘he was panting when he reached the top’


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    Was about to post this answer, +1. Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 8:33
  • Thank you very much for your answer and edit. Is panting a common usage?
    – Superuser
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 6:17
  • Pant common? I'd say yes looking at books.google.com/ngrams/… with a usage of 0.000050% which is about 1/6th of a VERY common word like 'internet'.
    – Bookeater
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 15:44

Also to puff:

to breathe fast and with difficulty, usually because you have been exercising:

  • He came puffing up the stairs. [ + speech ] "I ran all the way home," she puffed (= said while puffing).

(Cambridge Dictionary)

  • Thank you very much for your answer. Somehow I google puffing and images of steam train pouring out steam appears?
    – Superuser
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 6:18

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