Meaning of “wheeze” in the English Dictionary

"wheeze" in British English

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wheezeverb [ I ]

uk /wiːz/ us /wiːz/

to make a high, rough noise while breathing because of some breathing difficulty:

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 /ˈwiː.zi/ us /ˈwiː.zi/

He took a few wheezy breaths.

wheezenoun [ C ]

uk /wiːz/ us /wiːz/

wheeze noun [ C ] (BREATH)

a high, rough noise made when someone cannot breathe easily:

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 unusual idea or plan, especially one that is intended to achieve a profit or some other advantage:

As a part of their latest marketing wheeze they're giving away tickets for the concert.
So the public actually pay 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 small room and that will leave the back room free.

(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 breathing difficulty:

Since I started exercising regularly, I no longer wheeze when I run for a train.

(Definition of “wheeze” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)