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?
Panting can take place in an excited way:
Pant[ing] suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or
And Collins Dictionary gives ‘eager’ as one of its synonyms:
In the same way thesaurus.com gives ‘desire’ as a synonym: