sneeze

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From Middle English snesen ‎(to sneeze), alteration of earlier fnesen ‎(to sneeze), from Old English fnēosan ‎(to snort, sneeze), from Proto-Germanic *fneusaną ‎(to sneeze, snort), from Proto-Indo-European *pnew- ‎(to breathe, sneeze). Cognate with Dutch dialectal fniezen ‎(to sneeze), Old Norse fnȳsa ‎(to snort); Middle English neosen ‎(to sneeze), from Old Norse hnjōsa ‎(to sneeze), Old High German niosan ‎(to sneeze)}.

The infrequency of the “fn” combination coupled with the visual similarity of an “f” and “ſ” (long “s”) assisted in ultimately turning “fneeze” into “ſneeze (sneeze)”.

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sneeze ‎(third-person singular simple present sneezes, present participle sneezing, simple past and past participle sneezed)

  1. (intransitive) To expel air as a reflex induced by an irritation in the nose.
  2. (intransitive) To expel air as if the nose were irritated.

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sneeze ‎(plural sneezes)

  1. An act of sneezing.

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