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wheeze

[hweez, weez] /ʰwiz, wiz/
verb (used without object), wheezed, wheezing.
1.
to breathe with difficulty and with a whistling sound:
Asthma caused him to wheeze.
2.
to make a sound resembling difficult breathing:
The old locomotive wheezed into the station.
noun
3.
a wheezing breath or sound.
4.
an old and frequently used joke, saying, story, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English whese (v.), probably < Old Norse hvæsa to hiss
Related forms
wheezer, noun
wheezingly, adverb
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Examples for wheeze
  • Trains whistle, wheeze and screech around corners and past venous intersections.
  • No more nasty cough, no more asthmatic wheeze and my doc couldn't be happier with my ekg.
  • Raucous voices blare at us in taxis, and even our apartments are filled with the asthmatic wheeze of the air-conditioner.
  • Down the hall, her father was coughing, a wheeze without any charm to it.
  • Naysayers complain that the proposal is a wheeze to extract more public money and bureaucratic jobs.
  • In many ways this money-laundering would be a clever wheeze.
  • The wheeze, however, seems to have been too clever by half.
British Dictionary definitions for wheeze

wheeze

/wiːz/
verb
1.
to breathe or utter (something) with a rasping or whistling sound
2.
(intransitive) to make or move with a noise suggestive of wheezy breathing
noun
3.
a husky, rasping, or whistling sound or breathing
4.
(Brit, slang) a trick, idea, or plan (esp in the phrase good wheeze)
5.
(informal) a hackneyed joke or anecdote
Derived Forms
wheezer, noun
wheezy, adjective
wheezily, adverb
wheeziness, noun
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old Norse hvǣsa to hiss
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Word Origin and History for wheeze
wheeze
c.1460, probably from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. hvoesa "to hiss," Dan. hvæse) cognate with O.E. hwæst "act of blowing," hwosan "to cough," from an imitative base. The noun is first recorded 1834.
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wheeze in Medicine

wheeze (wēz)
v. wheezed, wheez·ing, wheez·es
To breathe with difficulty, producing a hoarse whistling sound. n.
A wheezing sound.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wheeze

wheeze

noun

An old joke; chestnut: even remembered a wheeze I pulled/ this tired little wheeze

[1864+; origin unknown; perhaps fr a wheezing delivery used by clowns in telling jokes; the earliest attested use refers to a circus clown's joke]


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