- (pathology) A type of growth ocurring on the skin.
- (literary) welfare
- a sound, healthy, or prosperous state of a person or thing; prosperity; happiness; welfare.
- a cyst on the skin
- 1973: Creeps, foreigners with tinted, oily skin, wens, sties, cysts, wheezes, bad teeth, limps, staring or"worse"with Strange Faraway Smiles. " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
noun (plural wheals)
- A small raised swelling on the skin, often itchy, caused by a blow from a whip or an insect bite etc.
- 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.
- (context, UK, slang) A scheme or plan.
- (slang) Something very humorous or laughable.
verb (wheezes, wheezing, wheezed)
- The new comedy is a .
- You think you're going to win? That's a real !
- To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.
- Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinum and allied genera, and much used as food in Europe.
- An exclamation, a cry, usually of joy.
- A gasp, characteristic of whooping cough.
- (rfv-sense) (context, prison) A sound made by one inmate to warn other inmates that a guard is approaching the area.
- (intransitive) To make a whoop.
- (rfv-sense) (context, prison) To warn a fellow inmate of an approaching guard.
- (pathology) A contagious disease of the respiratory system that usually affects children; caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. In the advanced stage it is characterised by spasms of coughing followed by a whooping sound during the intake of breath.
- A rapidly spreading fire, often occurring in wildland areas, that is out of control.
- (historical) Greek fire, Byzantine fire.
- A spreading disease of the skin, particularly erysipelas.
- (figurative) Something that acts quickly and uncontrollably.
- (medicine) an irritation of the skin caused by exposure to the wind
- An injury, such as a cut or tear, to a (usually external) part of the body.
- 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
- :I went below, and did what I could for my ; it pained me a good deal, and still bled freely; but it was neither deep nor dangerous, nor did it greatly gall me when I used my arm.
- A hurt to a person's feelings.
- It took a long time to get over the of that insult.
- (criminal law) An injury to a person by which the skin is divided or its continuity broken.
- (transitive) To hurt or injure (someone) by cutting, piercing, or tearing the skin.
- The police officer was wounded during the fight that ensued.
- (transitive) To hurt (a person's feelings).
- The actor's pride was wounded when the leading role went to his rival.