Wheeze vs Wheezy - What's the difference?

wheeze | wheezy |


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.

As an adjective wheezy is

that wheezes.

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.

    wheezy

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • That wheezes.