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[breez] /briz/
a wind or current of air, especially a light or moderate one.
a wind of 4–31 miles per hour (2–14 m/sec).
Informal. an easy task; something done or carried on without difficulty:
Finding people to join in the adventure was a breeze.
Chiefly British Informal. a disturbance or quarrel.
verb (used without object), breezed, breezing.
(of the wind) to blow a breeze (usually used impersonally with it as subject):
It breezed from the west all day.
to move in a self-confident or jaunty manner:
She breezed up to the police officer and asked for directions.
Informal. to proceed quickly and easily; move rapidly without intense effort (often followed by along, into, or through):
He breezed through the task. The car breezed along the highway.
verb (used with object), breezed, breezing.
to cause to move in an easy or effortless manner, especially at less than full speed:
The boy breezed the horse around the track.
Verb phrases
breeze in, Slang.
  1. to win effortlessly:
    He breezed in with an election plurality of 200,000.
  2. Also, breeze into/ move or act with a casual or careless attitude:
    He breezed out without paying attention to anyone.
breeze up, Atlantic States. to become windy.
shoot / bat the breeze, Slang.
  1. to converse aimlessly; chat.
  2. to talk nonsense or exaggerate the truth:
    He likes to shoot the breeze, so don't take everything he says seriously.
Origin of breeze1
1555-65; earlier brize, brise north or northeast wind; compare Dutch bries, East Frisian brîse, French brize, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan brisa, Italian brezza; orig. and path of transmission disputed
Related forms
breezeless, adjective
breezelike, adjective
1. See wind1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for breezing
Historical Examples
  • Roberts answered, breezing in with an apology which I nipped.

  • All this time the wind, out of the north-west, was breezing up.

  • It's breezing up, and it'll be cooler than it is in the house.

  • Jerry said, breezing by the waiting reporters with a grin of triumph.

  • It was thro' the chance, afforded by an hour of breezing sea-scape recreation, that I discovered the mysterious chronicle.

    The Spook Ballads William Theodore Parkes
  • It was a black night and breezing all the time and I wanted to see how the vessel behaved.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • We must let her go, and bear a hand aboard—it's breezing on all the time, and I expect we shall have it harder to-night.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • Ben recovered no memory of the Pownals breezing in at Springfield to look at him, though they must have done so.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • As they were breezing along with all sails set, over a moonlit sea, they saw a large ship appear in the distance.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • The glass is falling, the wind is breezing up, and I won't say but what there's dirt in it.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
British Dictionary definitions for breezing


a gentle or light wind
(meteorol) a wind of force two to six inclusive on the Beaufort scale
(informal) an easy task or state of ease: being happy here is a breeze
(informal, mainly Brit) a disturbance, esp a lively quarrel
(informal) shoot the breeze, to chat
verb (intransitive)
to move quickly or casually: he breezed into the room
(of wind) to blow: the south wind breezed over the fields
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Spanish briza northeast wind


an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly
Word Origin
Old English briosa, of unknown origin


ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks
Word Origin
C18: from French braise live coals; see braise
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Word Origin and History for breezing



1560s, "north or northeast wind," from Old Spanish briza "cold northeast wind;" in West Indies and Spanish Main, the sense shifting to "northeast trade wind," then "fresh wind from the sea." English sense of "gentle or light wind" is from 1620s. An alternative possibility is that the English word is from East Frisian brisen "to blow fresh and strong." The slang for "something easy" is American English, c.1928.



"move briskly," 1904, from breeze (n.). Related: Breezed; breezing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for breezing



  1. An easy task; anything easy; cinch, cakewalk (1920s+ Baseball)
  2. : They had a breeze today at Ossining


  1. To go or move rapidly and easily: to breeze through work/ I breezed out (1907+)
  2. To escape from prison (1940s+ Prison)
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Idioms and Phrases with breezing


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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