An example of a sneeze is the loud expulsion of air from the mouth of a person with a head cold.
- Not to be considered lightly or disregarded.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sneeze
- Middle English snesen alteration of fnesen from Old English fnēosan pneu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English snesen (“to sneeze"), alteration of earlier fnesen (“to sneeze"), from Old English fnÄ“osan (“to snort, sneeze"), from Proto-Germanic *fneusanÄ… (“to sneeze, snort"), from Proto-Indo-European *pnew- (“to breathe, sneeze"). Cognate with Dutch dialectal fniezen (Modern Standard Dutch niezen, “to sneeze"), Old Norse fnÈ³sa (“to snort"); Middle English neosen (“to sneeze"), from Old Norse hnjÅsa (Swedish nysa, “to sneeze"), Old High German niosan (German niesen, “to sneeze").
- The infrequency of the “fn" combination coupled with the visual similarity of an “f" and “Å¿" (long “s") assisted in ultimately turning “fneeze" into “Å¿neeze (sneeze)".