Definition of wheeze noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wiːz//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1the high whistling sound that your chest makes when you cannot breathe easily
  2. 2(old-fashioned, British English, informal) a clever trick or plan He came up with a clever wheeze.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: probably from Old Norse hvæsa ‘to hiss’.
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