Wheeze (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wheezed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wheezing.] [OE. whesen, AS. hwsan (cf. Icel. hvaesa to hiss, Sw. hvasa, Dan. hvaese); akin to AS. hwsta a cough, D. hoest, G. husten, OHG. huosto, Icel. hsti, Lith. kosti to cough, Skr. ks. &root;43. Cf. Husky hoarse.]

To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.

"Wheezing lungs."



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Wheeze, n.


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.


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