sneeze

verb
\ˈsnēz \
sneezed; sneezing

Definition of sneeze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

sneeze at

: to make light of the cost was nothing to sneeze at

sneeze

noun

Definition of sneeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of sneezing

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Other Words from sneeze

Verb

sneezer noun

Examples of sneeze in a Sentence

Verb

She was constantly sneezing and coughing.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Individuals in packs of African wild dogs appear to sneeze to make their wishes known regarding when to get up and hunt. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "1 Sneeze, 1 Vote among African Wild Dogs," 27 Sep. 2017 Five million subscribers is nothing to sneeze at, but Netflix has 125 million subscribers. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is AT&T Going to Ruin HBO?," 10 July 2018 The fireworks are nothing to sneeze at, either—an impressive array of pyrotechnics are shot from barges along the Charles River. Jenna Scherer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Fireworks in the USA," 27 June 2018 Morrow probably wasn’t aware of the Cubs’ bizarre history of injuries, which included Sammy Sosa famously sneezing his way onto the disabled list in 2004, suffering an oblique injury with a ginormous sneeze in the clubhouse in San Diego. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Brandon Morrow not fretting over people mocking his back injury," 20 June 2018 And some of the stuff that’s growing is making us sneeze and suffer. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Are your allergies getting worse? Climate change may be to blame," 19 June 2018 The cats start sneezing and have nasal discharge but usually do not cough. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "As Dog Flu Spreads from Brooklyn into Manhattan, N.Y.C. Veterinarians Issue Urgent Warnings to Pet Parents," 29 May 2018 But a pair of world championships is still nothing to sneeze at. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "A letter to Fernando Alonso: Time is right to make jump to IndyCar," 18 June 2018 Either way, $288,000 total from the Legend-Teigen family members is nothing to sneeze at. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Donates to the ACLU, Posts Statement About Immigrant Family Separation Policy on Trump's Birthday," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Morrow probably wasn’t aware of the Cubs’ bizarre history of injuries, which included Sammy Sosa famously sneezing his way onto the disabled list in 2004, suffering an oblique injury with a ginormous sneeze in the clubhouse in San Diego. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Brandon Morrow not fretting over people mocking his back injury," 20 June 2018 Pancakes with various fillings cooked in front mall hallway without sneeze guards. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Chicken, tuna salad and other foods too hot or too cold in restaurant inspections," 13 June 2018 While the lucky guests at the royal wedding were taking in the beauty of the day, James Corden was focused on not letting a sneeze ruin a quiet moment. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "James Corden Was Battling Allergies at the Royal Wedding: I 'Needed to Sneeze' During Ceremony," 22 May 2018 Just a sneeze could cause his ribs to break, Alma Cabacungan said. Caitlin Mullen, chicagotribune.com, "'He brings a smile to everyone he meets': Basketball court at Shriners Hospital named in honor of Oak Parker," 22 May 2018 Burns, Oregon, is a tiny, rural sneeze-and-you’ll-miss-it town in the remote southeastern part of the state. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 There but for the grace of God went he: One sneeze and he would neither have seen the Promised Land nor been around to guide his fellow wanderers through the wilderness. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "HBO’s King in the Wilderness Takes On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Act," 30 Mar. 2018 Next time, the sneeze on the other side of the world could be much more dangerous. Liz Schrayer, Time, "Why America Could Become Vulnerable to the Next Major Pandemic," 27 Feb. 2018 And warmer average temperatures mean that spring starts earlier and winter arrives later, giving pollen producers more time to spew their sneeze-inducing particles. Umair Irfan, Vox, "It’s not your imagination. Allergy season gets worse every year.," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sneeze

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sneeze

Verb

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

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sneeshing

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sneeze gas

sneezeless

sneezeweed

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sneeze

verb

English Language Learners 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.

sneeze

verb
\ˈsnēz \
sneezed; sneezing

Kids Definition of sneeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sneeze

noun

Kids Definition of sneeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of sneezing

\ˈsnēz \
sneezed; sneezing

Medical Definition of sneeze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

sneeze

noun

Medical Definition of sneeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of sneezing

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