• WordNet 3.6
    • v wheeze breathe with difficulty
    • n wheeze breathing with a husky or whistling sound
    • n wheeze (Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick "a clever wheeze probably succeeded in neutralizing the German espionage threat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wheeze A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
    • Wheeze (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.
    • v. i Wheeze To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma. "Wheezing lungs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wheeze To breathe hard; puff and blow; breathe with difficulty and audibly.
    • n wheeze A puffing or blowing, especially as in labored breathing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wheeze hwēz to breathe with a hissing sound: to breathe audibly or with difficulty
    • n Wheeze —also Wheez′ing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. whesen, AS. hwēsan,cf. Icel. hvæsa, to hiss, Sw. hväsa, Dan. hvæse,); akin to AS. hwōsta, a cough, D. hoest, G. husten, OHG. huosto, Icel. hōsti, Lith. kosti, to cough, Skr. kās,. √43. Cf. Husky hoarse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwésan; Ice. hvæsa, to wheeze, to hiss.


In literature:

The windmill wheezed and did its work languidly for lack of oil.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Is this another German wheeze?
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
It wheezed from the impact, but its stout oaken panels held fast.
"The Life of the Party" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Outside their chief fell up against a wall, panting and wheezing for breath, his face swollen and all congested with purple spots.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
MacIntosh pulled himself laboriously out of his big webwork cradle and wheezed his way across the room to a computer shoot.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
I understand that we may have "the stand to arms" wheeze every morning now, so we have something to look forward to.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
You never speak of yourself in your letters, and when I saw you in Chicago I didn't like your wheeze.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Next morning, to our dismay, there were symptoms of wheezing and feverishness in the little darling.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
I put my hands on the rope, and then a voice wheezed almost in my ear.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
He cleared his throat hoarsely and spoke with a deep wheeze between sentences.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader

In poetry:

"It's torture!" - "Bear it!"
"A mown meadow -
My throat!" "Then wheeze:
That's a sound, too!"
"Conversation With A Genius" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
The poor sandpiper cannot pipe
He's all wheezed up and croaked
He's swallowed so much sand
His blinking carburettors choked!
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
But when the wit began to wheeze,
And wine had warm'd the politician,
Cured yesterday of my disease,
I died last night of my physician.
"The Remedy Worse Than The Disease" by Matthew Prior
"I've got a cough," wheezed Killmanoff,
"From working in the trenches,
I'd rather fight a doggoned sight,
Than put up with the stenches.
"Troubles In The Trenches" by Abner Cosens
Yes, I shall swear by you, my verse,
I shall wheeze out, before I swoon:
You're not a tenor's shape and voice,
You're summer travelling third class,
You are a suburb, not a tune.
"Poetry" by Boris Pasternak
"Conjuro te, sceleratissime,
Abire ad tuum locum!"—still
Like a visible nightmare he sits by me,—
The exorcism has lost its skill;
And I hear again in my haunted room
The husky wheeze and the dolorous hum!
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The elderly patient had been wheezing and coughing for four hours.
For example, study found wheezing highest on days 10 to 22.
"These children were at increased risk for wheeze and asthma at preschool age," Neuman said.
About eight percent of the kids began to wheeze between ages one and three.
The Wheezing That Could Signal Childhood Asthma.
Children who wheeze and develop allergies in the first three years of life may be at risk for asthma.
Many elderly pet dogs wheeze and cough not just because they are old but because their windpipes are collapsing from years of being diligently yanked on a leash.
In the weeks after Tait Schroeder and Michael Kirk brought their newborn girl home in October 2010, young Bella started coughing and wheezing.
Mold can aggravate allergies and leave people perpetually wheezing.
There is crying and chaos and panic, but the wheezing protesters sit resolutely in place and refuse to move despite the assault.
The last wheeze of analogue photography was audible in a February 8 announcement from Polaroid headquarters that the company is effectively shutting down production of its film manufacturing lines.
Jesse Eisinger and Chris Arnold report on Freddie Mac's latest wheeze.
Some say it would save jobs, others say it would lead to more wheezing and global warming.