- not to be considered lightly or disregarded
Other Word Forms of Sneeze
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Sneeze
- not to be sneezed at
Origin of Sneeze
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 fnȳsa (“to snort"); Middle English neosen (“to sneeze"), from Old Norse hnjōsa (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)".
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
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