sneeze

verb
\ ˈsnēz How to pronounce sneeze (audio) \
sneezed; sneezing

Definition of sneeze

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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.

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Symptoms can include ocular and nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and seizures. chicagotribune.com, "What you need to know about ‘zombie raccoons’ and how to protect your pets," 10 July 2019 One of the analysts … somehow put some of his DNA onto that blouse … by sneezing or just talking. CBS News, ""To the families we owe justice": Inside NCIS' relentless quest to solve two cold case murders of Navy dependents," 3 July 2019 Last year’s victor was an English bulldog named Zsa Zsa, who endeared herself to the judges by sneezing and drooling on them. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A very good boy named Scamp the Tramp wins World's Ugliest Dog 2019," 24 June 2019 Measles, spread by sneezing and coughing, is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Westside theater and restaurant patrons may have been exposed to measles, officials say," 23 June 2019 But not everyone sneezing when the trees start to flower is having an allergic reaction, said Dr. Caroline Sokol, principal investigator at the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lauren Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Pollen is getting worse, and climate change is the culprit," 14 June 2019 Symptoms of distemper include eye and nose discharge, sneezing, coughing, vomiting or trembling in a dog. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Maricopa County's Mesa animal shelter to remain under quarantine until July 1," 19 June 2019 Indeed, the mayor’s resume is nothing to sneeze at. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "New York Mayor Bill de Blasio takes his low popularity to the national stage," 14 June 2019 What are sneezing, yawning, hunger, thirst, and lust? Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When your body perceives a threat, like the influenza virus your coworker just sprayed into the air via a forceful sneeze, your body ideally produces an immune response to neutralize it. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "What Even Causes ITP?," 21 June 2019 Unlike many other viruses, scientists think Ebola cannot spread through the air after people with the virus cough or sneeze. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Viruses, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 At a recent trip to the Mütter Museum, Gragossian heard someone down the hall sneeze. Aneri Pattani, https://www.inquirer.com, "Organ transplant recipients balance guilt and gratitude: 'These were supposed to be her breaths’," 5 June 2019 To maintain a sneeze-free atmosphere, keep the windows shut. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Surviving Allergy Season," 22 Mar. 2019 Each uncovered sneeze can spread viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens more than 20 feet away, according to MIT research, but those same germs can pass from your fingers and palms to doorknobs, desks, and handrails. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It’s 2019: How Are People Still Not Sneezing the Right Way?!?," 8 Feb. 2019 Even if a coworker is sick, can’t (or won’t) stay home, and is doing the polite thing of covering their coughs and sneezes, their germs are still spreading. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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 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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