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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

wheeze

1 verb
     
wheeze1 [intransitive]
MI to breathe with difficulty, making a noise in your throat and chest
WORD FOCUS: breathe WORD FOCUS: breathe
to breathe in: inhale formal

to breathe out: exhale formal

to breathe noisily: sniff, snore (when sleeping)
snort
, sigh

to breathe with difficulty: gasp, pant, wheeze, be short of breath, be out of breath

to be unable to breathe: choke, suffocate
breathe

See also
breathe
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