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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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British Dictionary definitions for wheezes

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 wheezes

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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wheezes 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 wheezes

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


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