Definition of with bated breath in English:

with bated breath


  • In great suspense; very anxiously or excitedly.

    • ‘he waited for a reply to his offer with bated breath’
    eagerly, agog, all agog, with bated breath, on tenterhooks, avid, excited, on edge, open-mouthed, anxious, edgy, jittery, jumpy, keyed up, overwrought, uneasy, worried