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 Pat Elflein and Billy Price won the Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football in 2016 and 2017, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Four Buckeyes named finalists, could give Ohio State its first major individual national award in 11 years," 25 Nov. 2019 Multiple recent studies have discovered that droplets from sneezing and coughing can spread a lot farther than people think. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Keep Your Distance! Sneezing Can Spread the Flu to People 6 to 8 Feet Away, Studies Say," 18 Nov. 2019 Breathing heavily polluted air can have a number of negative health effects, including minor irritations like coughing and sneezing in the short term, to chronic bronchitis and lung cancer for those who suffer long-term exposure. USA TODAY, "The best air purifiers of 2019," 18 Oct. 2019 Bringing graduates of some 300 colleges to cities that ambitious young people have long been fleeing is nothing to sneeze at. Howard Husock, National Review, "Andrew Yang Shouldn’t Retreat from His Past Success in Revitalizing Depressed Cities," 4 Oct. 2019 Nelly in Arizona Dear Nelly: The flu is nothing to sneeze at. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Getting a flu shot is nothing to sneeze at," 20 Oct. 2019 The procedure seemed painful, and the turtle kept sneezing adorably. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Do You Really Need a Straw With That?," 7 Oct. 2019 Likewise, Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury led a team that showed pluck and resilience in fighting back from a huge deficit at home against the Lions, and that’s nothing to sneeze at either. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Mike Zimmer and the Vikings May Deserve More Hype This Season Than Last," 12 Sep. 2019 Still, that’s nothing to sneeze at, particularly for someone who spent part of his childhood on a kibbutz. Sophie Alexander, Fortune, "As WeWork’s IPO Uncertainty Grows, Its Founder’s Projected Net Worth Shrinks," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two men fought in a restaurant and a sneeze guard was damaged. Washington Post, "Loudoun County crime report," 16 Oct. 2019 At the time, inspectors cited issues with improper signage, gaps in the sneeze guards, flies, excessive dust and soiled and clean cutlery being stored together, among other problems. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Carnival Fantasy, based in Mobile, improves failing health score to a 99," 15 Oct. 2019 Holding in a sneeze is not a good idea, Dr. Voigt says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019 Dear Miss Manners: What are your thoughts on the after-sneeze blessing? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Correcting longtime acquaintance on nickname use," 17 Aug. 2019 As Meg Anderson, Haley Day, and Katie Grenier practiced their routine, Grenier slipped carelessly out of sync, took a moment from supporting a lift to stifle a sneeze, and finally broke away entirely to snack on a bag of chips. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Provocation and playfulness in Boston Contemporary Dance Festival performances," 11 Aug. 2019 The sneeze reflex is usually activated when your nose’s mucous membranes are irritated. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019 That would have made Wednesday’s roiling of financial markets look like a sneeze. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Hooray for complexity in the Federal Reserve’s structure," 3 Aug. 2019 Bicker about the tidying-up or gripe about Dad’s loud sneeze? Ivan Brett, New York Times, "5 Games to Help Make Your Vacation Great," 23 July 2019

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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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Last Updated

30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sneeze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sneeze%20at. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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