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From Middle English nesen, from Old English *hnēosan (to sneeze), from Proto-Germanic *hneusaną (to sneeze), from a merger of Proto-Indo-European *(s)knus- (to sneeze) and *pnew- (to gasp, pant, breathe). Cognate with Dutch niezen (to sneeze), German niesen (to sneeze), Danish nyse (to sneeze), Swedish nysa (to sneeze), Icelandic hnjósa (to sneeze), Old English fnēosan (to sneeze). See sneeze.


neeze (third-person singular simple present neezes, present participle neezing, simple past and past participle neezed)

  1. (intransitive, Britain dialectal or archaic) To sneeze.