sneeze

[ sneez ]
/ sniz /

verb (used without object), sneezed, sneez·ing.

to emit air or breath suddenly, forcibly, and audibly through the nose and mouth by involuntary, spasmodic action.

noun

an act or sound of sneezing.

Verb Phrases

sneeze at, Informal. to treat with contempt; scorn: $50,000 is nothing to sneeze at.

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Origin of sneeze

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sneeze

sneeze·less, adjectivesneez·er, nounsneez·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sneeze

sneeze
/ (sniːz) /

verb

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

noun

the act or sound of sneezing

Derived forms of sneeze

sneezeless, adjectivesneezer, nounsneezy, adjective

Word Origin for sneeze

Old English fnēosan (unattested); related to Old Norse fnӯsa, Middle High German fnūsen, Greek pneuma breath
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Medical definitions for sneeze

sneeze
[ snēz ]

v.

To expel air forcibly from the mouth and nose in an explosive, spasmodic involuntary action resulting chiefly from irritation of the nasal mucous membrane.

n.

The act or an instance of sneezing.
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