To make a high, rough noise while breathing because of some breathing difficulty. (Cambridge Dictionary)
If someone wheezes, they breathe with difficulty and make a whistling sound. (Collins Dictionary)
A wheeze is a clever idea, joke, or trick. (Collins Dictionary)
To breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound. (Merriam – Webster)
Breathe with a whistling or rattling sound in the chest, as a result of obstruction in the air passages. (Oxford Dictionaries)
Pant and wheeze. Thesaurus.
What does wheezing mean and what causes it?
Wheezing” is one of those words which, when commonly used by non-physicians means one thing (noisy breathing), but which means something else when doctors use it. So, when a doctor tells you your child is wheezing, what is she telling you? To understand that you need to know a little about the anatomy of the lungs.