wheezier; wheeziest
: inclined to wheeze
: having a wheezing sound
a wheezy cough
the wheezy call of a phoebe
wheezily adverb
wheeziness noun

Examples of wheezy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dash to 60 mph on a short freeway merge now takes a breezy 7.1 seconds instead of a wheezy 10.5 ticks. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 14 Dec. 2022 The black exotic shorthair, a wheezy female with a squashed face and soulful orange eyes, is named for Owens, says his partner, Brittany Means, whose tweet about Jeff and Baby Jeff went viral this past spring. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Oct. 2022 While these viruses can mimic one another in symptoms, typically COVID-19 tends to be a dryer respiratory infection than RSV, which tends to produce wheezy coughing. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheezy was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Wheezy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheezy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈhwē-zē How to pronounce wheezy (audio)
wheezier; wheeziest
: tending to wheeze
a wheezy infant
: making or having the sound of wheezing
a wheezy cough
wheezy old cars
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