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Meaning of “wheeze” in the English Dictionary

"wheeze" in British English

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wheezeverb [I]

uk   us   /wiːz/
to make a high, ​roughnoise while ​breathing because of some ​breathingdifficulty: I could ​hear the ​old man behind me wheezing. I ​know when I've been ​smoking too much because I ​start to wheeze when I ​run for a ​train.
wheezy
adjective uk   us   /ˈwiː.zi/
He took a few wheezy breaths.

wheezenoun [C]

uk   us   /wiːz/
  • wheeze noun [C] (BREATH)

a high, ​roughnoise made when someone cannot ​breatheeasily: The ​cough, wheeze, and ​shortness of ​breath are things that go with ​smoking, not with ​age.
  • wheeze noun [C] (PLAN)

UK old-fashioned informal a ​clever and often ​unusualidea or ​plan, ​especially one that is ​intended to ​achieve a ​profit or some other ​advantage: As a ​part of ​theirlatestmarketing wheeze they're giving away ​tickets for the ​concert. So the ​publicactuallypay to ​feed the ​animals in the ​zoo? That ​seems like a good wheeze. I've had a wheeze - why don't we put both ​kids in the ​smallroom and that will ​leave the back ​roomfree.
(Definition of wheeze from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wheeze" in American English

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wheezeverb [I]

 us   /hwiz, wiz/
to make a ​noise while ​breathing because of some ​breathingdifficulty: Since I ​startedexercisingregularly, I no ​longer wheeze when I ​run for a ​train.
(Definition of wheeze from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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