An asthmatic is someone who has asthma. Asthmatic can also describe a whistling, wheezy sound or voice. Even if you don’t have asthma, don’t try to sneak up on people if your breathing is asthmatic because they’ll hear you coming!

Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes breathing problems. An asthmatic is someone with asthma, but the word is also used to describe things related to asthma. An inhaler — which helps an asthmatic breathe — could be called asthmatic medicine. An asthmatic attack is a severe lack of breath. You can also say someone sounds asthmatic if they have a breathy, wheezing voice. Anyone who is out of breath sounds a little asthmatic.

Definitions of asthmatic
  1. adjective
    relating to breathing with a whistling sound
    synonyms: wheezing, wheezy
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
  2. noun
    a person suffering from asthma
    “she is a chronic asthmatic
    “the painful gasps of a dying asthmatic
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