a wind or current of air, especially a light or moderate one.
a wind of 4–31 miles per hour (2–14 m/sec).
Informal. an easy task; something done or carried on without difficulty:
Finding people to join in the adventure was a breeze.
Chiefly British Informal. a disturbance or quarrel.
(of the wind) to blow a breeze (usually used impersonally with it as subject):
It breezed from the west all day.
to move in a self-confident or jaunty manner:
She breezed up to the police officer and asked for directions.
Informal. to proceed quickly and easily; move rapidly without intense effort (often followed by along, into, or through):
He breezed through the task. The car breezed along the highway.
to cause to move in an easy or effortless manner, especially at less than full speed:
The boy breezed the horse around the track.
breeze in, Slang.

to win effortlessly:
He breezed in with an election plurality of 200,000.
Also, breeze into/ move or act with a casual or careless attitude:
He breezed out without paying attention to anyone.

breeze up, Atlantic States. to become windy.
shoot / bat the breeze, Slang.

to converse aimlessly; chat.
to talk nonsense or exaggerate the truth:
He likes to shoot the breeze, so don’t take everything he says seriously.

cinders, ash, or dust from coal, coke, or charcoal.
concrete, brick, or cinder block in which such materials form a component.
Contemporary Examples

In fact, the transition idea could be considered a breeze, because they suggested that the luggage be transferred via air.
Airbus Student Competition Yields Innovative Ideas for Green Air Travel Miranda Green June 16, 2013

The streets are wide and quiet, lined with palm trees dancing in the warm Florida breeze.
Tampa’s ‘Wisteria Lane’: Petraeus, Broadwell, Kelley—and a Culture of Climbing Winston Ross November 15, 2012

There is a breeze, and that is the only thing that differentiates it from a sauna.
Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq Nathan Bradley Bethea August 30, 2014

I was once shooting the breeze with a Democratic senator I knew fairly well.
There’s No Getting Rid of David Vitter, America’s Most Contemptible Senator Michael Tomasky January 21, 2014

Don’t be shy—stake one out and let the breeze be your reminder that you did the right thing.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt February 19, 2011

Historical Examples

The breeze freshened as she got clear of the harbour and stood towards us.
Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston

He has an air, it is true, but his air is not a breeze, like the air of a pretender to fashion.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

He swept up to them, his hair stirred by the breeze and his right hand resting on the butt of his Colt.
Hopalong Cassidy Clarence E. Mulford

Not a breeze can stir but it thrills us with the breath of autumn.
The Old Manse (From “Mosses From An Old Manse”) Nathaniel Hawthorne

The sun burnt fiercely, although the breeze was very fresh, and I became frightfully hot on this march.
The Backwoodsman Various

a gentle or light wind
(meteorol) a wind of force two to six inclusive on the Beaufort scale
(informal) an easy task or state of ease: being happy here is a breeze
(informal, mainly Brit) a disturbance, esp a lively quarrel
(informal) shoot the breeze, to chat
verb (intransitive)
to move quickly or casually: he breezed into the room
(of wind) to blow: the south wind breezed over the fields
an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly
ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks

1560s, “north or northeast wind,” from Old Spanish briza “cold northeast wind;” in West Indies and Spanish Main, the sense shifting to “northeast trade wind,” then “fresh wind from the sea.” English sense of “gentle or light wind” is from 1620s. An alternative possibility is that the English word is from East Frisian brisen “to blow fresh and strong.” The slang for “something easy” is American English, c.1928.

“move briskly,” 1904, from breeze (n.). Related: Breezed; breezing.


An easy task; anything easy; cinch, cakewalk (1920s+ Baseball)
: They had a breeze today at Ossining


To go or move rapidly and easily: to breeze through work/ I breezed out (1907+)
To escape from prison (1940s+ Prison)

In addition to the idiom beginning with


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