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[ sneez ]

verb (used without object)

, sneezed, sneez·ing.
  1. to emit air or breath suddenly, forcibly, and audibly through the nose and mouth by involuntary, spasmodic action.


  1. an act or sound of sneezing.

verb phrase

  1. Informal. to treat with contempt; scorn:

    $50,000 is nothing to sneeze at.


/ sniːz /


  1. intr to expel air and nasal secretions from the nose involuntarily, esp as the result of irritation of the nasal mucous membrane


  1. the act or sound of sneezing
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Derived Forms

  • ˈsneezer, noun
  • ˈsneezy, adjective
  • ˈsneezeless, adjective
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Other Words From

  • sneezeless adjective
  • sneezer noun
  • sneezy adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sneeze1

1485–95; earlier snese; replacing Middle English fnese, Old English fnēosan; cognate with Dutch fniezen, Old Norse fnȳsa
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sneeze1

Old English fnēosan (unattested); related to Old Norse fnӯsa, Middle High German fnūsen, Greek pneuma breath
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Example Sentences

Researchers found that the amount of virus in someone’s airway—and hence what the person might launch into the word with every cough and sneeze—was roughly the same, no matter whether people were vaccinated or not.

Beyond that, Antoon says, parents should teach the same disease-prevention practices they did prior to the pandemic, like frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when someone in the household is sick.

From Time

A Medical Job for Shipping ContainersFuture pandemics are just a sneeze away, experts say.

From Ozy

It can detect coughs, sneezes, and even the rate at which you breathe.

That only matters for big sneezes and coughs, for which masks are ideal.

Will went on to say doctors believe a “sneeze or some cough” can spread Ebola.

It can spread through a sneeze, cough, sharing a beverage or speaking up close with someone who has the disease.

Brosseau said her views had nothing to do with Ebola spreading among the public at large through a sneeze or cough.

And our immune system, admirable and dedicated protector of our health, is making us sneeze our brains out.

Where Lincoln has a statue, you have a picture of yourself mid-sneeze.

Much of the haste and irritation which had previously led to blows discharged itself in a good-natured sneeze.

A long sigh gave warning that the latter was not alone, a sneeze meant he was not “worth powder and shot,” and so on.

The first sneeze of this year's attack took place last evening.

Again she was moved to laughter and had to pretend to sneeze.

He pushed me over his snuff-box, which nearly made me sneeze before I took the snuff.





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