wheeze

[hweez, weez]
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:
1425–75; late Middle English whese (v.), probably < Old Norse hvæsa to hiss

wheezer, noun
wheezingly, adverb
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wheeze (wiːz)
 
vb
1.  to breathe or utter (something) with a rasping or whistling sound
2.  (intr) to make or move with a noise suggestive of wheezy breathing
 
n
3.  a husky, rasping, or whistling sound or breathing
4.  slang (Brit) a trick, idea, or plan (esp in the phrase good wheeze)
5.  informal a hackneyed joke or anecdote
 
[C15: probably from Old Norse hvǣsa to hiss]
 
'wheezer
 
n
 
'wheezy
 
adj
 
'wheezily
 
adv
 
'wheeziness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

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

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Example sentences
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.
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