Meaning of BREEZE in English


I. breeze 1 /briːz/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: brise , perhaps from bise 'cold north wind' ]

1 . a gentle wind ⇨ breezy :

flowers waving in the breeze

2 . be a breeze informal to be very easy:

Don’t think that learning Dutch will be a breeze.

⇨ shoot the breeze at ↑ shoot 1 (13)

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▪ a gentle/soft/mild breeze

It was a beautiful day with a blue sky and a gentle breeze.

▪ a light/slight/faint breeze

The curtains lifted in the light breeze.

▪ a stiff/strong breeze

There was a good stiff breeze, just right for sailing.

▪ a cool breeze

It was getting late and a cool breeze was blowing.

▪ a warm breeze

A warm breeze ruffled the leaves of the trees.

▪ a fresh breeze (=cool and quite strong)

A fresh breeze is blowing from the north.

▪ a sea/ocean breeze

The boats were moving up and down in the sea breeze.

▪ an evening breeze

People were out walking, enjoying the evening breeze.

▪ a morning breeze

the fresh morning breeze

▪ a summer breeze

He felt the soft summer breeze against his skin.

▪ an easterly/westerly etc breeze

A gentle easterly breeze was blowing in from the Atlantic.

■ verbs

▪ a breeze blows

The strong breeze blew sand in our faces.

▪ a breeze drifts (=blows very gently)

A cool breeze drifted through the window.

▪ a breeze comes through/from etc something

The room was hot and no breeze came through the window.

▪ a breeze stirs/ruffles something

A light breeze stirred the waters of the bay.

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▪ wind air moving in a current, especially strongly or quickly:

A cold wind was blowing from the east.


Strong winds caused damage to many buildings.

▪ breeze a gentle pleasant wind:

The trees were moving gently in the breeze.


A slight breeze ruffled her hair.

▪ draught British English , draft American English /drɑːft $ dræft/ a current of cool air which blows into a room, especially one that makes you feel uncomfortable:

There’s a bit of a draught in here – can you close the door?

II. breeze 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk somewhere in a calm confident way

breeze in/into/out etc

She just breezed into my office and said she wanted a job.

2 . [transitive] to do very well in a test, a piece of written work etc, with very little effort:

Don’t bother studying for the English exam – you’ll breeze it.

breeze through something phrasal verb

to achieve something very easily SYN sail through :

He breezed through the exam.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.