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.
The old locomotive wheezed steam.
The old organ wheezed.
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 hvÃ¦sa (“to hiss"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kwes- (“to pant").