What is the word for reading something continuously without a pause?

He read the whole paragraph ...

  • By the way...it's not clear from question whether you mean "read aloud" or "ready to himself". It may not matter ... but then it might! Apr 24, 2012 at 1:03
  • Good point, @MarkBeadles! I assumed the former, because he happened to ask about reading a paragraph. Had he asked about something longer, though (like a chapter, or a book), I might have assumed otherwise, and suggested in one sitting, instead of in one breath.
    – J.R.
    Apr 24, 2012 at 1:49

3 Answers 3


Idiomatically, you could say:

He read the whole paragraph without taking a breath.

Or maybe:

He read the whole paragraph like an auctioneer.

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    Instead of "read", I'd use "rattled off".
    – Marthaª
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:55
  • @Marthaª: I agree; that would further improve the prose.
    – J.R.
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:57
  • Can we also He read the whole paragraph in one breath?
    – Noah
    Apr 24, 2012 at 7:49
  • @Noah: Sure, that's another variation – I even mentioned that one in my comment above.
    – J.R.
    Apr 24, 2012 at 8:40



"...straight through." also works..

  • and you can "pile through" if you're trying to emphasize the intensity of effort
    – JeffSahol
    Apr 24, 2012 at 1:21

You could well say "He devoured the book", which implies that it was compelling to such an extent, that the person read it without taking breaks. That being said, "devour" would sound odd used with a "paragraph", especially one read aloud. Since you didn't provide much context, I consider it to be one of the possibilities.

On reflection, "He read the whole paragraph in a single breath" might be the expression you've been looking for.

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