Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

wheeze - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb     wheeze pronunciation in American English
/wiz/    wheeze pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewheezing
past tensewheezed
past participlewheezed
  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect to breathe in a noisy way that is uncomfortable for you, usually because you are sick

    Cats’ fur makes me wheeze.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to say something while you are breathing in this way

      Thank you for coming,” the old man wheezed.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] something that wheezes makes a high sound, as though a lot of air is being pushed through it

    Behind me, the electric door wheezed shut.



a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play