intransitive verbwheezed, wheezing
- to breathe hard with a whistling, breathy sound, as in asthma
- to make a sound like this: the old organ wheezed
Origin of wheezeMiddle English whesen ; from Old Norse hvæsa, to hiss ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, to wheeze, snort from source Classical Latin queri, to lament
- an act or sound of wheezing
- Slang an overworked or trite remark, joke, or gag
verbwheezed wheezed, wheez·ing, wheez·es
- To breathe with difficulty, producing a hoarse whistling sound.
- To make a sound resembling laborious breathing.
- A wheezing sound.
- Informal An old joke.
- Chiefly British A clever scheme.
Origin of wheezeMiddle English whesen, probably from Old Norse hvæsa, to hiss; see kwes- in Indo-European roots.
- A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
- An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
- (UK, slang) An ulterior scheme or plan
- (slang) Something very humorous or laughable.
- The new comedy is a wheeze.
- You think you're going to win? That's a real wheeze!
(third-person singular simple present wheezes, present participle wheezing, simple past and past participle wheezed)
- To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.
From Middle English whesen, perhaps from Old Norse hvÃ¦sa (“to hiss"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kwes- (“to pant").