wheeze
I. intransitive verb (wheezed; wheezing) Etymology: 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 Date: 15th century 1. to breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound 2. to make a sound resembling that of wheezing <
the bellows wheezed
>
II. noun Date: 1800 1. a sound of wheezing 2. a. an often repeated and widely known joke used especially by entertainers b. a trite saying or proverb

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  • Wheeze — Wheeze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wheezed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wheezing}.] [OE. whesen, AS. hw[=e]san (cf. Icel. hv[ae]sa to hiss, Sw. hv[ a]sa, Dan. hv[ae]se); akin to AS. hw[=o]sta a cough, D. hoest, G. husten, OHG. huosto, Icel. h[=o]sti, Lith. kosti …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheeze — Wheeze, n. 1. A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phon.) An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the stage whisper. It is a forcible whisper with some admixture of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheeze — [hwēz, wēz] vi. wheezed, wheezing [ME whesen < ON hvæsa, to hiss < IE base * k̑wes , to wheeze, snort > L queri, to lament] 1. to breathe hard with a whistling, breathy sound, as in asthma 2. to make a sound like this [the old organ… …   English World dictionary

  • wheeze — (v.) mid 15c., probably from a Scandinavian source (Cf. O.N. hvoesa to hiss, Dan. hvæse) cognate with O.E. hwæst act of blowing, hwosan to cough, from an imitative root. Related: Wheezed; wheezing. The noun is first recorded 1834 …   Etymology dictionary

  • wheeze — [v] breathe roughly, heavily buzz, catch one’s breath, cough, gasp, hiss, murmur, pant, puff, rasp, sibilate, snore, whisper, whistle; concepts 163,308 …   New thesaurus

  • wheeze — ► VERB 1) breathe with a whistling or rattling sound in the chest, as a result of obstruction in the air passages. 2) (of a device) make an irregular rattling or spluttering sound. ► NOUN 1) a sound of a person wheezing. 2) Brit. informal a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wheeze — SignSymptom infobox Name = Wheeze ICD10 = ICD10|R|06|2|r|00 ICD9 = ICD9|786.07 A wheeze is a continuous, coarse, whistling sound produced in the respiratory airways during breathing. For wheezes to occur, some part of the respiratory tree must be …   Wikipedia

  • wheeze — I UK [wiːz] / US [wɪz] / US [hwɪz] verb Word forms wheeze : present tense I/you/we/they wheeze he/she/it wheezes present participle wheezing past tense wheezed past participle wheezed 1) a) [intransitive] to breathe in a noisy way that is… …   English dictionary

  • wheeze — wheeze1 [ wiz, hwiz ] verb 1. ) intransitive to breathe in a noisy way that is uncomfortable for you, usually because you are sick: Cats fur makes me wheeze. a ) transitive to say something while you are breathing in this way: Thank you for… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wheeze — 1. noun /wiːz/ a) A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration. The new comedy is a wheeze. b) An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the …   Wiktionary

  • wheeze — 1. To breathe with difficulty and noisily. 2. A whistling, squeaking, musical, or puffing sound made on exhalation by air passing through the fauces, glottis, or narrowed tracheobronchial airways. [A.S. hwesan] asthmatoid w. a puffing or musical… …   Medical dictionary

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