- 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.
- (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.
- to cause to move in an easy or effortless manner, especially at less than full speed: The boy breezed the horse around the track.
- breeze in, Slang.
- to win effortlessly: He breezed in with an election plurality of 200,000.
- Also breeze into/out.to 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.
- to converse aimlessly; chat.
- to talk nonsense or exaggerate the truth: He likes to shoot the breeze, so don't take everything he says seriously.
Origin of breeze1
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- cinders, ash, or dust from coal, coke, or charcoal.
- concrete, brick, or cinder block in which such materials form a component.
Origin of breeze2
Examples from the Web for breeze
There is a breeze, and that is the only thing that differentiates it from a sauna.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Every move in Damascus has wide repercussions in Beirut or, as a local say, “a breeze in Syria becomes a storm in Lebanon.”Hezbollah Profits From Hash as Syria Goes to Pot
July 9, 2014
A morning-glory vine hanging from a guy wire stirs, like a heavy curtain, in the cool morning breeze.
He struck a match, but the breeze from the window fan blew it out.
The white blooms dotted the asphalt and swirled in the breeze under the orange glow of the street lamps.How the Dead Come Home From Afghanistan
May 9, 2014
He has an air, it is true, but his air is not a breeze, like the air of a pretender to fashion.
Not a breeze can stir but it thrills us with the breath of autumn.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Her stiff cap moved in the breeze as it swung from the corner of her mirror.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They were trembling, not so much under the breeze as from the hurrying rhythm of the year.Tiverton Tales
For a moment Pierre was transported as by a breeze of hope and triumph.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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 easebeing happy here is a breeze
- informal, mainly British a disturbance, esp a lively quarrel
- shoot the breeze informal to chat
- to move quickly or casuallyhe breezed into the room
- (of wind) to blowthe south wind breezed over the fields
- an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly
- ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks
Word Origin and History for breeze
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.
Idioms and Phrases with breeze
In addition to the idiom beginning with breeze
- breeze in
- hands down (in a breeze)
- shoot the breeze