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wheeze

verb \ ˈhwēz , ˈwēz \

Definition of wheeze

wheezed; wheezing
intransitive verb
1 :to breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound
2 :to make a sound resembling that of wheezing
  • the bellows wheezed

Examples of wheeze in a Sentence

  1. He was up all night hacking and wheezing.

  2. The car's motor wheezed and stalled.

Recent Examples of wheeze from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of wheeze

Middle English whesen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hvæsa to hiss; akin to Old English hwǣst action of blowing, Sanskrit śvasiti he blows, snorts

wheeze Synonyms


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wheeze

noun

Definition of wheeze

1 :a sound of wheezing
2 a :an often repeated and widely known joke used especially by entertainers
b :a trite saying or proverb

Examples of wheeze in a Sentence

  1. Between gasps and wheezes, he tried to explain what had happened.

  2. the wheeze of an engine

  3. We can count on him for a good wheeze.

Recent Examples of wheeze from the Web

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First Known Use of wheeze

1800


WHEEZE Defined for English Language Learners

wheeze

verb

Definition of wheeze for English Language Learners

  • : to breathe loudly and with difficulty

  • : to make a sound like a person who is breathing with difficulty


wheeze

noun

Definition of wheeze for English Language Learners

  • : the sound made by a person who is having difficulty breathing or a similar sound : the sound of wheezing

  • : a clever idea or joke


WHEEZE Defined for Kids

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wheeze

verb \ ˈhwēz , ˈwēz \

Definition of wheeze for Students

wheezed; wheezing
1 :to breathe with difficulty and usually with a whistling sound
2 :to make a whistling sound like someone having difficulty breathing

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wheeze

noun

Definition of wheeze for Students

:a whistling sound like that made by someone having difficulty breathing

Medical Dictionary

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wheeze

intransitive verb \ ˈhwēz , ˈwēz \

medical Definition of wheeze

wheezed; wheezing
:to breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound

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wheeze

noun

medical Definition of wheeze

:a sibilant whistling sound caused by difficult or obstructed respiration


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