wheeze definition by Webster's New World
- to breathe hard with a whistling, breathy sound, as in asthma
- to make a sound like this: the old organ wheezed
Origin: Middle 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
wheeze definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb wheezed wheezed, wheez·ing, wheez·es verb, intransitive
- To breathe with difficulty, producing a hoarse whistling sound.
- To make a sound resembling laborious breathing.
- A wheezing sound.
- Informal An old joke.
Origin: Middle English whesen, probably from Old Norse hvǽsa, to hiss; see kwes- in Indo-European roots.
- wheezˈer noun
- wheezˈing·ly adverb
wheeze - Medical Definition