Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

sneeze

play
intransitive verb, \ˈsnēz\

Simple Definition of sneeze

  • : to suddenly force air out through your nose and mouth with a usually loud noise because your body is reacting to dust, a sickness, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sneeze

sneezedsneezing

  1. :  to make a sudden violent spasmodic audible expiration of breath through the nose and mouth especially as a reflex act

sneezer noun
sneeze at
  1. :  to make light of <the cost was nothing to sneeze at>

Examples of sneeze in a sentence

  1. She was constantly sneezing and coughing.



Origin of sneeze

Middle English snesen, alteration of fnesen, from Old English fnēosan; akin to Middle High German pfnūsen to snort, sneeze, Greek pnein to breathe


First Known Use: 14th century


2

sneeze

noun

Definition of sneeze

  1. :  an act or instance of sneezing



1646

First Known Use of sneeze

1646



SNEEZE Defined for Kids

1

sneeze

play
verb \ˈsnēz\

Definition of sneeze for Students

sneezedsneezing

  1. :  to force the breath out in a sudden and noisy way




2

sneeze

play
noun

Definition of sneeze for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of sneezing




Medical Dictionary

1

sneeze

play
intransitive verb \ˈsnēz\

Medical Definition of sneeze

sneezed; sneezing

  1. :  to make a sudden violent spasmodic audible expiration of breath through the nose and mouth especially as a reflex act following irritation of the nasal mucous membrane




2

sneeze

noun

Medical Definition of sneeze

  1. :  an act or instance of sneezing




Learn More about sneeze


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sneeze? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to manage or play awkwardly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

perplex disapprove soothe reduce
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ