Definition of wheeze in English:

wheeze

verb

[no object]
  • 1Breathe with a whistling or rattling sound in the chest, as a result of obstruction in the air passages.

    ‘the illness often leaves her wheezing’
    • ‘He was still coughing and wheezing, trying to stay quiet.’
    • ‘I checked online and found that metoprolol has a warning to contact the doctor immediately if you experience wheezing, shortness of breath or swelling of hands and feet.’
    • ‘Abruptly the old man wheezed and slumped back in his chair, one stiff, gnarled hand to his chest.’
    • ‘‘That's enough for today,’ Bolts wheezed as Katie entered with a super happy look on her face.’
    • ‘There's sneezing, hacking, coughing, wheezing and aching, not to mention a constant runny nose and watery eyes.’
    • ‘The old man wheezed and gasped terribly, groaning out a little as the pain of his performance finally caught up with him.’
    • ‘The old man eyed me suspiciously and limped forward as he wheezed and gasped for breath.’
    • ‘Does your chest wheeze or make whistling sounds even when you do not have a cold?’
    • ‘The elder man spoke in a weak, plaintive tone, constantly stopping to wheeze and gasp for breath.’
    • ‘Vincent lifted the pillow as Jack coughed and wheezed.’
    • ‘In a statement released this week, Schering-Plough said Asmanex improved lung function as well as day and nighttime symptoms such as coughing and wheezing and decreased the need for rescue medication.’
    • ‘The older man was beginning to wheeze as he breathed.’
    • ‘Inside, the group browsed, coughed, hacked, wheezed, and spluttered.’
    • ‘It may be that high levels of cat allergen induce tolerance, which protects against wheeze in very young children, but provoke symptoms in older children predisposed to wheeze for various reasons.’
    • ‘There can be sudden choking with acute respiratory distress, or there can be delayed symptoms with cough, wheezing, and hemoptysis.’
    • ‘I could see she was wheezing and struggling to breathe.’
    • ‘Liz smiles professionally and holds Larry, who wheezes and splutters, enduring his hardship with a stoicism that looks exhausting.’
    • ‘Radical as ever, Brinkmann listens to the rasping of his lungs, from which his voice rises, wheezes, belches, whispers and shouts.’
    • ‘Every time the refrigerator cycled on, I'd be coughing and wheezing.’
    • ‘EIA's symptoms include wheezing, coughing, prolonged expiration, rapid heart rate and tightness of the chest.’
    breathe audibly, breathe noisily, gasp, whistle, hiss, rasp, croak, pant, cough
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    1. 1.1with object Say (something) with a wheezing sound.
      ‘he could barely wheeze out his pleas for a handout’
      with direct speech ‘‘Don't worry son,’ he wheezed’
      • ‘Uriah wheezes a laugh and swaggers back to the picnic table for more wine and cheese.’
    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial of direction Walk or move slowly making a wheezing sound.
      ‘she wheezed up the hill towards them’
      • ‘Over the next few days I wheezed and huffed and puffed my way slowly along the mountain paths.’
      • ‘He moved lazily towards me, his voice was wheezing.’
      • ‘Dreyr collapsed into a heap on the floor and wheezed as the figure walked away, its cloak billowing in the breeze and giving the illusion that the figure was much larger and more formidable.’
      • ‘So I persisted, wheezing and tripping up and down the steep hills.’
      • ‘He glanced back at Vincent, who was puffing and wheezing from the walk down the tunnel under the burden of ammunition, weapons and the oppressive heat of his coat.’
      • ‘Patients with severe asthma may not have any wheezing as there is very little air moving in and out of the lungs.’
      • ‘If you climb simulated hills on a stationary bike, you can wheeze up real ones on a mountain bike.’
      • ‘Cami did not look at her as Alyssa wheezed to a walk next to her.’
      • ‘‘Thank you, everyone,’ Nick wheezed as the shuttle moved on, re-entering Earth's ozone.’
    3. 1.3 (of a device) make an irregular rattling or spluttering sound.
      ‘the engine coughed, wheezed, and shrieked into life’
      • ‘The boat's engine had coughed and wheezed for a good ten minutes before Kami had been able to coax it into working order.’
      • ‘The massive machine wheezed and spewed diesel smoke as it pushed an enormous heap of concrete debris, olive trees, and metal sheeting into a larger pile at the roadside.’
      • ‘A loud rip vibrated, slowly wheezing out and even grossed me out as I tried not to gag.’
      • ‘The reactor sat on a table with an attached vacuum pump wheezing away.’
      • ‘The machine had been wheezing and spluttering for a while now as I subjected it to my punishing regime of no less than five windows open at any one time and finally it gave up the ghost.’
      • ‘The brakes wheeze and the windows shudder, the seats are cracked and creaky.’
      • ‘On a hot afternoon, a Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus approaches a bus stop in JP Nagar and wheezes to a halt a few metres away.’
      • ‘Outside, the church bus rumbled to a stop, air brakes wheezing.’
      • ‘Quickly I entered my car and started the engine, which coughed and wheezed into life.’
      • ‘Then we sat and chatted as the little thermal printer attached to the spiro-whatsit machine wheezed out its report.’
      • ‘It coughed and wheezed to a stop beside the pumps, and I dutifully walked out to serve the tired and dishevelled middle-aged woman sitting behind the wheel.’

noun

  • 1A wheezing sound.

    ‘I talk with a wheeze’
    ‘there wasn't the faintest wheeze from the starter motor’
    • ‘There is not a sound, apart from the faint wheeze of someone playing a harmonica.’
    • ‘Nocturnal wheeze and cough are considered to be common features of asthma.’
    • ‘The man, in a veined body stocking, is a helpless victim, thrashing, lolling and collapsing like a mad puppet on twisted strings, to musical pings and wheezes.’
    • ‘The air, however, holds the suspended product of untold sneezes, coughs and wheezes, many of them, we must remember in the time of SARS, from Chinese Canadians.’
    • ‘The track blossoms into a wonderful cacophony of bells, whistles, and wheezes.’
    • ‘At night when I'm lying in my bed, my wheezes echo throughout my apartment.’
    • ‘He always popped his handkerchief once, wiped his brow, and then emitted a loud wheeze - like the releasing of steam from a locomotive.’
    • ‘The shadow emitted a terrible sound, an awful wheeze of frenzied laughter suppressed until it became strangling.’
    • ‘Another sign is a cough or a wheeze or breathing problems, sinusitis or other nasal problems.’
    • ‘These symptoms last a day or 2 and are followed by worsening of the cough and the appearance of wheezes (high-pitched whistling noises when breathing out).’
    • ‘The barn owl's call is distinguished by a screech that has shades of a wheeze.’
    • ‘He had no other symptoms, and the examination didn't yield a clue - no rubs, rales, wheezes, or murmur.’
    • ‘After counting nine blades the mixture control was set to auto-rich and the Pratt &. Whitney radial sprang into life after a few coughs, a wheeze, and a puff of exhaust smoke.’
    • ‘A valet whisks a car away for arriving patrons, while down at the corner, a Metro bus wheezes and clanks to a stop.’
    • ‘He listens to the oxygen machines hum and burble and gasp, the humidifier wheeze, the buzz of the fluorescent light in the hall.’
    • ‘The youngster had breathing problems and was given an oxygen mask, inhalers and steroid tablets after contracting a viral-induced wheeze last summer.’
    • ‘I dare to ask; my throat is sore, and my voice sounds like a nasal wheeze.’
    • ‘Still have a bit of a chesty wheeze and cough too, but, hopefully it will all be cleared in the next day or two.’
    • ‘On six tunes, the wheeze of a button accordian added a dimension that bluegrass purists had never heard before; unfortunately, the band doesn't presently have an accordion player.’
    • ‘Research has found that babies and children exposed regularly to smoky atmospheres are twice as likely to have asthma attacks or chest infections, are more likely to get coughs, colds and wheezes and are off school sick more often.’
    constricted breathing, gasp, whistle, hiss, rasp, croak, pant, cough
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  • 2British informal A clever or amusing scheme, idea, or trick.

    ‘a new wheeze to help farmers’
    • ‘This was no time to be helping the Guardian fill its pages with droll wheezes.’
    • ‘Who knows what daft wheezes they would contrive.’
    • ‘This could have been one of those rare wheezes which combines a desirable outcome with populist appeal.’
    • ‘What it can do is facilitate you - and me - to employ Naresh and others like him by thinking up various wheezes which guarantee employment.’
    • ‘The Dundee midfielder was performing a series of wheezes for the photographer, involving hanging from goalposts and catching a ball one-handed, when I found out he had been chosen.’
    • ‘The opposition seems to have embarked on a fruitless strategy to force the organisation to be less, how shall we put it, opaque in his parliamentary contributions and other wheezes.’
    • ‘No bank worker in their right mind would go to their boss in most Irish banks and blow the whistle on one of the bank's wheezes for making more money that they are entitled to.’
    • ‘But the progress we have made, the progress that we will continue to make doesn't come from grand rhetoric, it doesn't come from clever-sounding wheezes.’
    • ‘Although not an ideas person, she's got one or two new wheezes.’
    • ‘Policy wonks might have thought it a clever wheeze to apply New York Mayor Giuliani's zero tolerance on street crime to cannabis users.’
    • ‘Some of these cunning wheezes succeed, and some of them don't.’
    • ‘It's not about a clash of ideals - or God forbid - ideologies; it's becoming a contest to see who can connive to sucker in the largest number of voters with the most eye-catching wheezes.’
    • ‘Our concern is that this is all a wheeze not to pay rent for the foreseeable future to the detriment of the pension fund.’
    • ‘And he has exhausted all of the possible clever taxation wheezes.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, as you'll have noticed, tactical buttons were the wheeze of the week.’
    • ‘This illiberal wheeze is the idea of Home Office minister.’
    • ‘He had always been an enthusiast for technological wheezes, from a doomed scheme for the underground gasification of coal to a death-ray which killed rats.’
    • ‘Stalking customers after they signal their intentions unambiguously is a wheeze to hold on to someone who has taken a lot of trouble to break free.’
    • ‘This is not just a clever publicity wheeze, it is also communicating a set of very complex and powerful points.’
    • ‘This clever wheeze encapsulated both the best of Brown and the worst: it commanded the moral and political high ground in being seen to clamp down on non-declaration of income.’
    scheme, plan, idea, tactic, move, stratagem, ploy, gambit, device, manoeuvre, contrivance, expedient
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Origin

Late Middle English: probably from Old Norse hvæsa ‘to hiss’.

Pronunciation

wheeze

/wiːz/