sneeze

verb
\ ˈsnēz How to pronounce sneeze (audio) \
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
informal : to make light of always used in negative statements to indicate something that is important or deserves attention …a red ribbon for second place is not to be sneezed at or scorned.— Richard Peck Perquisites and severance pay are nothing to sneeze at [=are significant]

sneeze

noun

Definition of sneeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of sneezing

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Verb

sneezer noun

Examples of sneeze in a Sentence

Verb She was constantly sneezing and coughing.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Customers can sneeze or cough on the items or flout cocktail party etiquette and spear subsequent samples with the same toothpick. Washington Post, "To sample is human. But our beloved lipstick testers and cheese cubes aren’t coming back anytime soon.," 31 Aug. 2020 The World Health Organization has recommended half that distance — and only when people are coughing or sneezing. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Is 6 feet of social distancing really enough?," 5 May 2020 People should also avoid touching their faces and cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Wash your hands, doo doo doo doo doo. 'Baby Shark' is joining the fight against coronavirus," 28 Mar. 2020 Health officials also offered these ways to prevent spreading a flu virus: Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Child is among first flu deaths in NKY; health officials renew reminder for vaccinations," 13 Dec. 2019 Practice good hygiene: wash your hands with soap and water frequently, cough and sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 4/5]," 5 Apr. 2020 Cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw it away. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Your Most Pressing Coronavirus Questions, Answered by Health and Cleaning Professionals," 20 Mar. 2020 Using dress up, Brandon Bear at one point imagines himself a hero and along with Persona shows kids how to wash their hands and cover their mouths when coughing or sneeze into a tissue or elbow. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Preschool Show 'Miss Persona' Tackles Kids' Fears in Coronavirus PSA," 20 Mar. 2020 The first is the more obvious, which is from droplets, when someone coughs or sneezes into your face. Patrick O'connell, Anchorage Daily News, "Q&A: There are lots of new questions about coronavirus. This doctor has some answers," 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bob Woodward released another recording from his interviews with President Trump in which the commander in chief recalled a sneeze that cleared the Oval Office during the pandemic. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'So easily transmissible': Trump recounts room-clearing sneeze in Woodward tape," 14 Sep. 2020 The visualization is just a simulation of a cough or sneeze. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Face Shields and Valved Masks Don’t Fully Stop the Spread of Aerosols," 4 Sep. 2020 Many people say cheek swabs are more comfortable than nasal swabs, which can cause a sneeze, or the deeper nose swabs, which some people describe as somewhere between uncomfortable and painful. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Covid-19 Tests: Answers on Cost, Accuracy and Turnaround Time," 3 Sep. 2020 The theory goes like this: Lower humidity leaves fewer water droplets in the air capable of intercepting the virus before it can be passed from one person to another through a sneeze or cough. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Beware: Fall and winter could be a friend to COVID-19, experts say," 31 Aug. 2020 Two pieces of tape on the floor show how far a sneeze goes without a mask, about 12 feet, and with a mask, about one foot. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "St. Paul Science Museum welcomes back visitors with big changes for safety," 20 Aug. 2020 The best ways to prevent the spread is by social distancing, wearing a mask, thoroughly washing your hands and covering a cough or sneeze. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Why you shouldn't be worried about getting the coronavirus from food," 13 Aug. 2020 An intense sneeze can launch a high-speed cloud of spit—with droplets of all sizes—as far as 27 feet. National Geographic, "What 'airborne coronavirus' means, and how to protect yourself," 11 Aug. 2020 Every sneeze, cough, spoken word, or even exhaled breath expels droplets in a continuum of sizes. National Geographic, "What 'airborne coronavirus' means, and how to protect yourself," 11 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of sneeze was in the 14th century

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6 Sep 2020

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“Sneeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sneeze. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for sneeze

sneeze

verb
How to pronounce sneeze (audio)

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 How to pronounce sneeze (audio) \
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 How to pronounce sneeze (audio) \
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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