breeze

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English brese, from Old English brēosa, variant of Old English brimsa (gadfly), from Proto-Germanic *bremusī (gadfly), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerem- (to make a noise, buzz, hum). Cognate with Eastern Frisian brims (gadfly), Dutch brems (horsefly, warblefly), German Bremse (gadfly, horsefly), Danish bremse (gadfly, horsefly), Swedish broms (gadfly, horsefly). Related also to Middle English brimse (gadfly), Old English bremman (to rage, roar), Latin fremō (roar, snort, growl, grumble). See also bream.

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breeze (plural breezes)

  1. A gadfly; a horsefly.
  2. A strong-bodied dipterous insect of the family Tabanidae.

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breeze (third-person singular simple present breezes, present participle breezing, simple past and past participle breezed)

  1. (intransitive) To buzz.

Etymology 2[edit]

1555, nautical term brise (breeze), from Dutch bries (breeze), from Eastern Frisian brîse (breeze), from brisen (to blow fresh and strong). Formally related to Albanian breshër (hail).

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Noun[edit]

breeze (plural breezes)

  1. A light, gentle wind.
    The breeze rustled the papers on her desk.
    • Wordsworth
      Into a gradual calm the breezes sink.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of rose-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees ; … .
  2. Any activity that is easy, not testing or difficult.
    After studying Latin, Spanish was a breeze.
  3. (cricket) Wind blowing across a cricket match, whatever its strength.
  4. Ashes and residue of coal or charcoal, usually from a furnace. See Wikipedia article on Clinker.
  5. An excited or ruffled state of feeling; a flurry of excitement; a disturbance; a quarrel.
    The discovery produced a breeze.
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Verb[edit]

breeze (third-person singular simple present breezes, present participle breezing, simple past and past participle breezed)

  1. (usually with along) To move casually, in a carefree manner.
  2. (weather) To blow gently.
  3. To take a horse under a light run in order to understand the running characteristics of the horse and to observe it while under motion.
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