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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 of wheeze
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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  • He heard a smothered cough from one of the waiting men, a horse blow in a kind of wheeze.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Of course he had the wheeze all wrong and I saw that he should be in bed.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Get the whine out of your voice and breathe with a wheeze—like this; get up the nearest approach to a deathrattle that you can.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • Queer sort of wheeze to say 'hyphen' in a chap's name as if it were a word, when it wasn't at all.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • They desire to describe it; some try, passionately; but they only wheeze and look as though they might explode.

    Abroad at Home Julian Street
  • She was so weak in the chest you could hear her wheeze as far as you could see her.

  • I see,' repeated he, staring that way; 'but I think (puff) that's a mere (wheeze) occupation road, leading to (gasp) nowhere.'

  • I'm the biggest giddy fool at that kind of wheeze that ever lived.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
  • He presently began to cough, and when he sought to reply to a question he could only wheeze.

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
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
v.

mid-15c., probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse hvoesa "to hiss," Danish hvæse) cognate with Old English hwæst "act of blowing," hwosan "to cough," from an imitative root. Related: Wheezed; wheezing. 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

wheels

noun

  1. The legs: His wheels are good. His arm is probably better than it was/ even the veiny old wheels (1940s+)
  2. A car: He tried to convince them that their wheels belonged to someone else (1950s+ Hot rodders)

Related Terms

set of wheels, shit on wheels

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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