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I'm trying to describe a person taking deep excited breaths at seeing something they want with great desire.

Panting doesn't really fit because it's too fast and doesn't convey the wanting sensation. Heavy breathing sounds a bit too sexually loaded.

I was thinking of breathing haggardly but I'm unsure if that would be a proper fit, because it calls to a scenario of someone who has been through hell and is out of breath trying to it.

What would be a good way to describe the type of breathing I'm trying to convey?

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Panting can take place in an excited way:

Pant[ing] suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement

from Dictionary.com

And Collins Dictionary gives 'eager' as one of its synonyms:

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/panting

In the same way thesaurus.com gives 'desire' as a synonym:

https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/panting

  • Eager suits perfectly in what I'm trying to convey. It paints the correct picture in my mind. – Tschallacka Feb 23 at 15:57
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    Well there you go! My pleasure. – Lordology Feb 23 at 15:58
  • "Panting doesn't really fit" said the questioner. lol – lbf Feb 23 at 16:02
  • But s/he did not know it had my stated definition. But yes, lol. – Lordology Feb 23 at 16:04

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