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wheezy

[hwee-zee, wee-] /ˈʰwi zi, ˈwi-/
adjective, wheezier, wheeziest.
1.
afflicted with or characterized by wheezing:
wheezy breathing.
Origin of wheezy
1810-1820
1810-20; wheeze + -y1
Related forms
wheezily, adverb
wheeziness, noun
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  • I was passing through Regent Street in London, when a smart brougham drove up to the curb and a wheezy voice called after me.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
  • He was whistling a tune in a wheezy way, and keeping step to it grandly.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • I knew if he got there first he'd pick out the best harp and leave me a wheezy mouth organ.

    Sunny Slopes Ethel Hueston
  • He was a short man, with a rotund stomach and a wheezy voice.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Mrs. Gainsborough doubled herself up and smacked her knees in a tempest of wheezy laughter.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • "I didn't come; I was brought," said the fat woman, in a wheezy voice.

  • It was a blood-curdling voice, a sound between the mewing of a cat and the wheezy chokings of a hyena.

  • "You go in and see the women," said Mr. Buffum, in a wheezy whisper.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
  • A cadaverous horse, knee-sprung and wheezy, dragged the van at the gait of a caterpillar.

  • She wanted a new piano instead of the wheezy old machine in the drawing-room.

    Throckmorton Molly Elliot Seawell
Word Origin and History for wheezy
adj.

1818, from wheeze + -y (2). Related: Wheezily; wheeziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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