[hwee-zee, wee-]

adjective, wheez·i·er, wheez·i·est.

afflicted with or characterized by wheezing: wheezy breathing.

Origin of wheezy

First recorded in 1810–20; wheeze + -y1
Related formswheez·i·ly, adverbwheez·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for wheezy

Historical Examples of wheezy

  • 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.

  • “Then I say he flinches like a coward,” said Goro, in a wheezy treble.


    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.

Word Origin and History for wheezy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper