Definitions for: Wheeze


[n] breathing with a husky or whistling sound
[n] a humorous anecdote or remark
[v] breathe with difficulty



Webster (1913) Definition: Wheeze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wheezed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wheezing.] [OE. whesen, AS. hw?san (cf. Icel. hv[ae]sa to
hiss, Sw. hv["a]sa, Dan. hv[ae]se); akin to AS. hw?sta a
cough, D. hoest, G. husten, OHG. huosto, Icel. h?sti, Lith.
kosti to cough, Skr. k?s. [root]43. Cf. Husky hoarse.]
To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling
sound, as persons affected with asthma. ``Wheezing lungs.''
--Shak.


Wheeze, n.
1. A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult
respiration.

2. (Phon.) An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce
the hoarse sound known as the ``stage whisper.'' It is a
forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.

Synonyms: gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh, yak

See Also: belly laugh, blue joke, blue story, breathe, breathing, dirty joke, dirty story, ethnic joke, external respiration, funny story, gag line, good story, howler, humor, humour, in-joke, laugh line, one-liner, punch line, respiration, respire, riot, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, suspire, tag line, take a breath, thigh-slapper, ventilation, visual joke, wit, witticism, wittiness, wow

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