Wheeze meaning

wēz, hwēz
The definition of wheeze is to make a whistling sound.

An example of wheeze is the sound made by someone with asthma when they are trying to breath.

An example of wheeze is the sound made by the air baffles in an old church organ.

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To breathe with difficulty, producing a hoarse whistling sound.
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To make a sound resembling laborious breathing.
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To produce or utter with a hoarse whistling sound.

The old locomotive wheezed steam.

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A wheezing sound.
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An old joke.
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A clever scheme.
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To breathe hard with a whistling, breathy sound, as in asthma.
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To make a sound like this.

The old organ wheezed.

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To utter with a sound of wheezing.
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An act or sound of wheezing.
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An overworked or trite remark, joke, or gag.
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To breathe with difficulty, producing a hoarse whistling sound.
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To make a sound resembling laborious breathing.
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A wheezing sound.
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A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
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An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
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(UK, slang) An ulterior scheme or plan.
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(slang) Something very humorous or laughable.

The new comedy is a wheeze.

You think you're going to win? That's a real wheeze!

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To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.
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Origin of wheeze

  • Middle English whesen probably from Old Norse hvæsa to hiss kwes- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English whesen, perhaps from Old Norse hvæsa (“to hiss"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kwes- (“to pant").
    From Wiktionary