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sneeze

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Pronunciation: /sniːz
 
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Definition of sneeze in English:

verb

[no object]
Make a sudden involuntary expulsion of air from the nose and mouth due to irritation of one’s nostrils: the smoke made her sneeze
More example sentences
  • The same pressure may cause you to leak urine when sneezing, coughing or laughing.
  • Colds typically spread through infected respiratory droplets coughed or sneezed into the air.
  • The flu virus is usually spread in the small droplets of saliva coughed or sneezed into the atmosphere by an infected person.

noun

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An act or the sound of sneezing: he stopped a sudden sneeze
More example sentences
  • Suddenly, more sounds of sneezes reached my ears as Angela and Sara pounded into my room, both their noses tinged slightly pink and twitching, rabbit-like.
  • Just then, from the sleeping alcove, came the unmistakable sound of sneezes.
  • The sound of the sneeze seemed to break everyone else out of their concentration as everyone else was staring at their direction.

Origin

Middle English: apparently an alteration of Middle English fnese due to misreading or misprinting (after initial fn- had become unfamiliar), later adopted because it sounded appropriate.

Phrases

not to be sneezed at

1
informal Not to be rejected without careful consideration; worth having or taking into account: a saving of £550 was not to be sneezed at
More example sentences
  • I'm not prejudging the result of the investigation but £70,000 is not to be sneezed at for them.
  • Fuel consumption figures for the combined cycle are a healthy 49 mpg - not to be sneezed at, especially with ever-increasing petrol prices.
  • It also accounts for about 20% of industrial employment, which is not to be sneezed at given the strong presence of multinationals in the sector.
Synonyms
worth having, considerable, substantial, sizeable, fairly large, largish, biggish, significant;
fairly good, passable, reasonable, moderately good, not bad, worth taking into account
informal OK

Derivatives

sneezer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The goal is to help organizations launch great products by bringing them directly to the sneezers who can spread the word.
  • Avoid close contact, especially with sneezers or coughers.
  • Always begin by infecting your core audience of sneezers.

sneezy

2
adjective (sneezier, sneeziest)
Example sentences
  • Allergies make people dopey and sleepy as well as sneezy.
  • I'm either having some kind of major allergy attack or coming down with an extremely sneezy cold, so in between constant sneezing and antihistamine-induced drowsiness, I'm good for very little right now.
  • There are some sensible ways to get over a miserable, runny, achy-breaky, head-full-of-gunge, coughy, sneezy, won't-go-away cold, and I do not recommend this as one of them.

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