breathtaking


breathtaking
breathtaking (adj.) 1867, from BREATH (Cf. breath) + prp. of TAKE (Cf. take) (v.). Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864. Breathtaking (n.) "act of taking breaths or a breath" is from 1620s. Related: Breathtakingly.

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  • breathtaking — breath|tak|ing [ breθ,teıkıŋ ] adjective * 1. ) extremely impressive or beautiful: run with breathtaking speed The scenery along the coast highway was just breathtaking. 2. ) extremely bad or shocking: I found her rudeness breathtaking. ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breathtaking — adjective Date: 1877 1. making one out of breath 2. a. exciting, thrilling < a breathtaking race > b. very great ; astonishing < his breathtaking ignorance > • breathtakingly adver …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • breathtaking — adjective /ˈbɹɛθˌteɪ.kɪŋ/ a) stunningly beautiful; amazing He went to the and spent a week taking in the breathtaking scenery all around him. b) Very surprising or shocking; to such a degree as to cause …   Wiktionary

  • breathtaking — breath|tak|ing [ˈbreθˌteıkıŋ] adj very impressive, exciting, or surprising ▪ The view from my bedroom window was absolutely breathtaking. ▪ an act of breathtaking arrogance >breathtakingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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