Laughable vs Wheeze - What's the difference?

laughable | wheeze |


As a adjective laughable

is worthless; worthy of contempt or derision.

As a noun wheeze is

a piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.

As a verb wheeze is

to breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.

laughable

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Worthless; worthy of contempt or derision.
  • Fitted to excite laughter; humorous.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 3 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992) citation , page= , passage=It would be difficult, for example, to imagine a bigger, more obvious subject for comedy than the laughable self-delusion of washed-up celebrities, especially if the washed-up celebrity in question is Adam West, a camp icon who can go toe to toe with William Shatner as the king of winking self-parody.}}

    Synonyms

    * droll, ludicrous, mirthful, comical, risible

    Derived terms

    * laughableness * laughably

    wheeze

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
  • An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
  • (British, slang) An ulterior scheme or plan
  • * 2011 " Road rage; High petrol prices hurt, but will not throttle the economy", The Economist 19 November 2011:
  • The main point of fuel duty, though, is as a fiscal wheeze : it made up 5% of the tax take in 2010.
  • (slang) Something very humorous or laughable.
  • The new comedy is a wheeze .
    You think you're going to win? That's a real wheeze !

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Verb

  • To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.
  • * 2001 , (Fourth Estate, paperback edition, 443)
  • If the air smelled even faintly of dog, Lionel coughed, wheezed and sneezed.