wheeze

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English whesen, perhaps from Old Norse hvæsa (to hiss), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kwes- (to pant).

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Noun[edit]

wheeze (plural wheezes)

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  1. A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
  2. An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
  3. (UK, slang) An ulterior scheme or plan
  4. (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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Verb[edit]

wheeze (third-person singular simple present wheezes, present participle wheezing, simple past and past participle wheezed)

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

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