\ˈdāz \
dazed; dazing

Definition of daze 

transitive verb

1 : to stupefy especially by a blow : stun The first punch dazed him. were dazed by his response

2 : to dazzle with light dazed by the bright sun

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Other Words from daze

daze noun
He flung his bat in a daze and made a slow trot around the bases … — Steve Wulf He sometimes finds himself so focused on cyberspace that he falls into a kind of computer daze, losing all track of time. — Leslie Miller

Synonyms for daze


rock, stun

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Examples of daze in a Sentence

the fall dazed him for a moment, causing him to become disoriented a skier dazed by the glare from the snow

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More: Louisville baseball's game at Texas Tech to be shown on ESPNU After he was hit, English appeared dazed. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville defeats Franklin Central in the Class 4A regional," 2 June 2018 The movie opens after the hurricane has already come and gone, leaving a dazed, injured Tami (Shailene Woodley) to sift through the partial wreckage of the yacht. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Shailene Woodley's performance powers the evasive shipwreck-survival drama 'Adrift'," 31 May 2018 Unable to complete her dissertation on Sappho and dazed after a messy breakup, Lucy agrees to dog-sit for her sister who lives near the beach, hoping the brackish Pacific breeze might enliven her spirits. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "In ‘The Pisces,’ a Woman and a Merman Fall in Love. Aquatic Erotica Ensues.," 26 Apr. 2018 Living in New York, there's so many people walking around, dazed, with headphones. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Ana Egge Shares Playful 'You Among the Flowers' Lyric Video: Premiere," 3 May 2018 An off-duty Fort Bend deputy in the area said the driver appeared to be slouched and dazed. John D. Harden, Houston Chronicle, "Man charged in fatality after running red light," 13 Apr. 2018 Dorothy, bruised and dazed from another round of Frank’s abuse, shows up naked on Sandy’s doorstep, looking for Jeffrey. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Great movies about faith are hard to come by. Enter Blue Velvet.," 5 Apr. 2018 After taking a big hit from defensive tackle Tyeler Davison near his head and neck with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter, Newton remained on the ground and appeared to be dazed from the blow. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Panthers might have violated NFL's new concussion protocol on Cam Newton hit," 7 Jan. 2018 Many of them, dazed and exhausted, have told traumatic stories of oppression by the rebels who controlled their towns. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Airstrikes kill scores in Syrian rebel enclave as civilian exodus gathers pace," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of daze

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for daze

Middle English dasen, from Old Norse *dasa; akin to Old Norse dasask to become exhausted

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\ˈdāz \
dazed; dazing

Kids Definition of daze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to stun by or as if by a blow She was dazed by all the questions.

2 : to dazzle with light Headlights dazed the crossing deer.



Kids Definition of daze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state of not being able to think or act as quickly as normal

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