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wheeze

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verb \ˈhwēz, ˈwēz\

Definition of wheeze

wheezed

wheezing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound

  3. 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.

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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wheeze

noun

Definition of wheeze

  1. 1 :  a sound of wheezing

  2. 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.

1800

First Known Use of wheeze

1800


WHEEZE Defined for English Language Learners

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wheeze

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verb \ˈhwēz, ˈwēz\

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


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wheeze

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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

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verb \ˈhwēz, ˈwēz\

Definition of wheeze for Students

wheezed

wheezing

  1. 1 :  to breathe with difficulty and usually with a whistling sound

  2. 2 :  to make a whistling sound like someone having difficulty breathing


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wheeze

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noun

Definition of wheeze for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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wheeze

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intransitive verb \ˈhwēz, ˈwēz\

Medical Definition of wheeze

wheezed

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wheezing

  1. :  to breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound


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wheeze

noun

Medical Definition of wheeze

  1. :  a sibilant whistling sound caused by difficult or obstructed respiration



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