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 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 Gaiman will serve as an executive producer along with David Goyer, whose filmography is nothing to sneeze at. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television," 1 July 2019 According to two witnesses, the confrontation ended when Kellyanne Conway sneezed on Trump, distracting him from his fury. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 There were laughing vipers, yapping gargoyles, salamanders fanning the fire with their breath, and monsters that sneezed in the smoke. Ken Follett, Smithsonian, "A Hymn to Notre-Dame," 15 Apr. 2019 Must sneeze on demand, cough on cue, and fall into coma at will. Keaton Patti, The New Yorker, "Commercial Casting Breakdowns," 16 Aug. 2019 One tractor-trailer was stopped in the right breakdown lane when Andre Cassidy of Windsor, Quebec, who was driving past in another tractor-trailer, sneezed and swerved, police said. Sophia Eppolito, BostonGlobe.com, "Truck crash starts fire on I-93 north in New Hampshire," 3 July 2019 The measles virus spreads when patients cough or sneeze, and remains active in the environment for several hours. Benjamin Kagina, Quartz Africa, "DR Congo’s Ebola crisis has led to children dying from measles," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Globe subluxation can be triggered by trauma, eyelid manipulation, or, in theory, something like forcing yourself to keep your eyes open during an extremely powerful sneeze, Dr. Steele says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can You Sneeze With Your Eyes Open?," 22 Mar. 2019 Esti’s most meaningful moment of communication with her grandfather, who, like Howland’s grandparents, spoke Yiddish, was a sneeze. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 Advertising Measles, which can cause fever, rash and red, watery eyes, is highly contagious and spreads quickly through the air after a cough or sneeze. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "2 more measles cases in King County, bringing total to 12 in Puget Sound outbreak," 11 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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19 Oct 2019

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

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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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