breeze (plural breezes)
- A gadfly; a horsefly.
- A strong-bodied dipterous insect of the family Tabanidae.
breeze (third-person singular simple present breezes, present participle breezing, simple past and past participle breezed)
- (intransitive) To buzz.
Attested since 1555, from the earlier (nautical) term brise, brize (“breeze”). Variously supposed to derive from a Germanic source like Saterland Frisian Briese (“breeze”), Dutch bries (“breeze”), or from Spanish brisa (“northeast wind”); compare French brise, Italian brezza. Possibly ultimately from the same Indo-European source as Albanian breshër (“hail”).
- brize (obsolete)
- briess (obsolete)
breeze (plural breezes)
- A light, gentle wind.
- The breeze rustled the papers on her desk.
- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
- Into a gradual calm the breezes sink.
- Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
- Any activity that is easy, not testing or difficult.
- After studying Latin, Spanish was a breeze.
- (cricket) Wind blowing across a cricket match, whatever its strength.
- Ashes and residue of coal or charcoal, usually from a furnace. See Wikipedia article on Clinker.
- An excited or ruffled state of feeling; a flurry of excitement; a disturbance; a quarrel.
- The discovery produced a breeze.
a light, gentle wind
- Arabic: نَسِيم m (nasīm), هَوَاء m (hawāʾ), نَسَمَة f (nasama)
- Armenian: զեփյուռ (hy) (zepʿyuṙ)
- Aromanian: avrã f
- Bulgarian: бриз m (briz)
- Catalan: brisa f
- Mandarin: 微風 (zh), 微风 (zh) (wēifēng or wéifēng (Taiwan)), 和風 (zh), 和风 (zh) (héfēng), 清風 (zh), 清风 (zh) (qīngfēng), 輕風 (zh), 轻风 (zh) (qīngfēng)
- Classical Nahuatl: ehcaxoctli, pitzāhuac ehēcatl
- Czech: větřík m, vánek (cs) m
- Danish: brise (da) c
- Dutch: bries (nl) m
- Esperanto: venteto, brizo
- Faroese: lot n, gul n
- Finnish: tuulenvire, tuulonen (fi)
- French: brise (fr) f
- Georgian: ნიავი (niavi), სიო (sio), ბრიზი (brizi)
- German: Brise (de) f
- Hungarian: szellő (hu)
- Ido: brizo (io)
- Italian: brezza (it) f, ora (it) f
- Japanese: 微風 (ja) (そよかぜ, soyokaze)
- Norman: brise f (Jersey)
- Khmer: ខ្យល់ (km) (kyol)
- Korean: 산들바람 (ko) (sandeulbaram), 미풍 (ko) (mipung) (微風 (ko))
- Sorani: با (ku) (bA), شهماڵ (shamAL)
- Kyrgyz: жел (ky) f (cel)
- Latin: ventulus
- Latvian: vēsma f
- Lithuanian: vėjelis m
- Maltese: żiffa f
- Maori: kōtengitengi, rangaranga, matangi, kāwatawata, kōmurimuri
- Navajo: níłchʼi
- Bokmål: bris (no) m
- Nynorsk: bris m
- Persian: نسیم (fa) (nasim)
- Portuguese: brisa (pt) f
- Romanian: adiere (ro) f, boare (ro) f, briză (ro) f
- Russian: бриз (ru) m (briz), ветеро́к (ru) m (veterók)
- Slovak: vánok, vetrík, bríza
- Spanish: brisa (es) f
- Swedish: bris (sv) c
- Turkish: meltem (tr), yel (tr), esinti (tr), hafif rüzgâr (tr)
- Ukrainian: бриз (uk) m (bryz), вітере́ць m (viterécʹ)
- Vietnamese: ruồi trâu
- Welsh: awel (cy) f, awelon pl
wind blowing across a cricket match
breeze (third-person singular simple present breezes, present participle breezing, simple past and past participle breezed) (intransitive)
- (usually with along) To move casually, in a carefree manner.
- (weather) To blow gently.
2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to **** for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to **** for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- She's sitting opposite a window that's gently breezing into her face, wafting her hair into cover-girl perfection ...
- To take a horse under a light run in order to understand the running characteristics of the horse and to observe it while under motion.
to move casually, in a carefree manner, but not slowly
- Arabic: نَفَحَتِ الرِّيح (nafaḥati r-rīḥ), نَفَخَتِ الرِّيحُ (nafaḵati r-rīḥu)
- German: wehen (de)
- Latvian: vēsmot
- Turkish: hafiften esmek, püfür püfür esmek
taking a horse under a light run
↑ “breeze” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
↑ “breeze” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.