Main definitions of breeze in English

: breeze1breeze2

breeze1

noun

  • 1A gentle wind:

    ‘tantalizing cooking smells wafted on the evening breeze’
    • ‘The wind blew not just gentle breezes but full-blown bone chilling winds.’
    • ‘A cool breeze wove its gentle fingers through the flora, then through each of my chocolate locks and down my spine.’
    • ‘The forest around them was busy with the sounds of chirping birds and the soft breeze of the wind.’
    • ‘As the opened the glass door, a breeze blew the wind - chimes by the sign into soft laughter.’
    • ‘I felt the cold ocean breeze blow across my face, filling my nose with the salty smell of the ocean.’
    • ‘A breeze of cold wind blew past her as she shivered with cold and with fear.’
    • ‘His cape waved in the breeze and the wind hit his face, but he was careful not to let it hit his teeth.’
    • ‘The soft breeze of the late evening blew at her short brown hair, and she brushed it from her face.’
    • ‘The slightly elevated topography ensures that buildings benefit from gentle tropical breezes.’
    • ‘The seas were calm and the breeze blowing steadily southward seemed to lessen.’
    • ‘There was a cold breeze as the chilly wind blew in through the open door.’
    • ‘Sea gulls cried overhead and gentle breezes blew from the lake.’
    • ‘All he wants is someplace warm, where palm trees blow in balmy breezes along a gentle, rolling surf.’
    • ‘Candles are lovely, but you'll need candle holders that will shelter them from the evening breezes.’
    • ‘The night air was chilly and the wind blew a cold breeze under her hood.’
    • ‘We can't catch the wind or see the breeze, but we can feel it, see its effects.’
    • ‘Another breeze of wind blew past them, unusually cold for this time of the year.’
    • ‘As a result of the mosque's openness, breezes and even stormy winds are able to enter the mosque's interior.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful day with the breeze of the wind blowing softly in her ear and the clouds floating softly by.’
    • ‘The wind was gentle, a slight breeze now and then to cool the warm air.’
    gentle wind, breath of wind, puff of air, current of air, flurry of air, gust
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    1. 1.1[with modifier] A wind of force 2 to 6 on the Beaufort scale (4–27 knots or 7–50 km/h).
      • ‘The winds did cooperate in some regard finally covering the complete race area with a 4-6 knot sea breeze.’
      • ‘Convection cells on Earth cause thermals, breezes, thunderstorms and other weather patterns.’
      • ‘The winds picked up, approaching ‘strong breeze’ (Beaufort scale 5-6) and the sky darkened sharply.’
      • ‘The weather for this ASR patrol was 75 degrees and sunny with a 10 knot breeze from the southwest.’
  • 2informal A thing that is easy to do or accomplish:

    ‘travelling through London was a breeze’
    • ‘Opt for someone who makes even custom printing a breeze to accomplish.’
    • ‘It was a breeze to make and easy to love, a simply good nosh.’
    • ‘Shortcuts can make a holiday meal a breeze to complete.’
    easy task, easy job, child's play, nothing, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, sinecure
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Come or go in a casual or light-hearted manner:

    ‘Roger breezed into her office’
    • ‘He pressed a chaste kiss on her cheek and breezed out of her office.’
    • ‘Ma came breezing out in some jeans and a T-shirt, her greying hair in waves around her face.’
    • ‘Uncle Rob noisily looked through the room before breezing out the door, shutting it behind him.’
    • ‘Soon, she was breezing into the outskirts of Blessing.’
    • ‘Then Professor Kennedy breezed past them and out of the office.’
    • ‘She actually apologized for breezing past me that day, and I had completely forgotten about that.’
    • ‘We don't come breezing in from elsewhere and try to teach the locals how to live.’
    • ‘Blair came breezing in ready to tell me about the rest of her day until she saw the look on my face.’
    • ‘He was interrupted by the eccentric Calculus teacher breezing through the door.’
    • ‘The elder enters at a steady pace, breezing by the young chefs on his way through the kitchen.’
    • ‘With that, he turned and breezed out the back door.’
    • ‘Adrienne directs the question towards Greg's secretary as she breezes through the foyer.’
    • ‘‘That's my name, don't wear it out,’ I say, breezing past him.’
    • ‘In the years after he passed away, we'd get all sorts of celebrity chefs breezing through our kitchen.’
    • ‘She waved to them, breezing out of the temple hall with Dominic into the sun.’
    • ‘I must have been staring at the oven longer than I thought, because my mother came breezing by me in a flurry.’
    • ‘I walked back in and found Izzy breezing out of the bathroom.’
    • ‘One afternoon, breezing out the door, he told her, ‘See you in a couple of hours.’’
    • ‘So she spared only a glance in Martin's direction when he came breezing through the door.’
    • ‘She walked out of her room and into the hallway, breezing past a group of people who were chattering about their day.’
    saunter, stroll, sail, cruise, walk casually
    glide, drift, float
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    1. 1.1breeze through[no object] Deal with something with apparently casual ease:
      ‘Milan had breezed through their first defence of the European Cup’
      • ‘The 11-piece orchestra breezes through Sullivan's tunes.’
      • ‘We breezed into the far turn a length and a half behind.’
      • ‘I breezed through the procedures and came out to join my friend.’
      • ‘But after breezing through her new book, I have to say, the girl is funny.’
      • ‘I'm supposed to be a ‘senior’ and graduate next year, but I'm breezing along and taking all the key stuff.’
      • ‘After breezing through the preliminary heat, Carrington moved on to the semi-finals.’
      • ‘We watched as a gray dove breezed through the sky, without care.’
      • ‘She breezed through high school, balancing her studies with music and field hockey.’
      • ‘You know your parents are going to be disappointed, especially since your older sister breezes through math with A's.’
      • ‘After hugging her parents goodbye, the college student breezes through security at the airport.’
      • ‘It's heartening to see her perspiring; she isn't just breezing through the workout.’
      • ‘But there is evidence the Dream Team won't breeze through here.’
      • ‘On Monday, after breezing through my finals, I headed to my locker to clean out the forgotten notebooks and water bottles.’
      • ‘Alexandra, however, was breezing by in all her classes.’
      • ‘Song birds tweeted in the tall trees above our heads, and swallows glided on the air, breezing above our heads.’
      • ‘The book, written in her signature style, breezes through a variety of situations.’
      • ‘Jen breezed through her third and fourth period with the same ease that she had the rest of the day.’
      • ‘All he has to do is sing a vaguely sad song somewhere near the end of the show and he'll breeze through.’
      • ‘Soon, the motorboat was breezing across the ocean.’
      • ‘White breezed through the pre-experiment tests with great ease.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: probably from Old Spanish and Portuguese briza NE wind (the original sense in English).

Pronunciation

breeze

/briːz/

Main definitions of breeze in English

: breeze1breeze2

breeze2

noun

  • [mass noun] Small cinders mixed with sand and cement to make breeze blocks.

Origin

Late 16th century: from French braise, (earlier) brese live coals.

Pronunciation

breeze

/briːz/