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[hwee-zee, wee-] /ˈʰwi zi, ˈwi-/
adjective, wheezier, wheeziest.
afflicted with or characterized by wheezing:
wheezy breathing.
Origin of wheezy
First recorded in 1810-20; wheeze + -y1
Related forms
wheezily, adverb
wheeziness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was whistling a tune in a wheezy way, and keeping step to it grandly.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • He was a short man, with a rotund stomach and a wheezy voice.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • “Then I say he flinches like a coward,” said Goro, in a wheezy treble.

    Romola George Eliot
  • He did not have to tell me that the wheezy little German contained the music of our play.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • "I didn't come; I was brought," said the fat woman, in a wheezy voice.

  • I pull the wheezy bell of their shuttered cottage: and wait.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He checked his tale a moment but broke out in a wheezy laugh.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The disjointed music of a wheezy accordion was rending the night.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • Many a night Nataline's fife of fun played a feeble, wheezy note.

    The Ruling Passion Henry van Dyke
  • "'E's the hinterpreter," vouchsafed the landlady, in a wheezy whisper.

    With Links of Steel

    Nicholas Carter
Word Origin and History for wheezy

1818, from wheeze + -y (2). Related: Wheezily; wheeziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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