\ ˈ(h)wē-zē How to pronounce wheezy (audio) \
wheezier; wheeziest

Definition of wheezy

1 : inclined to wheeze
2 : having a wheezing sound a wheezy cough the wheezy call of a phoebe

Other Words from wheezy

wheezily \ ˈ(h)wē-​zə-​lē How to pronounce wheezy (audio) \ adverb
wheeziness \ ˈ(h)wē-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce wheezy (audio) \ noun

Examples of wheezy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rebecca Mead reports on the strangeness and abandon of spring break, and Colin Stokes provides a wheezy guide to allergy season. The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2022 The voice: a low, guttural rasp, it’s the aural equivalent of slithering, the wheezy lamentation of a leprechaun long past his sell-by date. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Upgrading from the wheezy 285-hp V-6 to the optional 270-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four and its mandatory eight-speed automatic cost $2000. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 26 Nov. 2021 Eventually Diana makes her way to the compound, late, gumming up the works of the wheezy old machine of the House of Windsor. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2021 Less expensive small pickups exist in the marketplace, but many are not as well equipped or limit you to a wheezy four-cylinder engine—or, in the case of the also-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz, are unibody SUVs with cargo beds. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 10 Aug. 2021 Big Boy is quick to take offense at human visitors, reacting with exaggerated raising and lowering of his head, which makes his neck look especially snake-like, and protesting like a chihuahua barking musically through a wheezy whistle. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 22 May 2021 Its limited array of chord buttons on the left and standard keyboard on the right have provided Joyce a surprisingly vast palette, and its sound — both scruffy and sturdy, dreamy and a little wheezy — has become something like an early signature. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2020 The clown had been silent for years, Benson swears, but when Christopher arrived in June, the clown perked up and found its wheezy laugh again. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wheezy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wheezy

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About wheezy

Dictionary Entries Near wheezy




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wheezy

Cite this Entry

“Wheezy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheezy. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!