: unable to think clearly or act normally due to injury, shock, bewilderment, fatigue, etc.
After a particularly fierce blow, he crawled to his feet, too dazed to rush.Jack London
She sat confused and dazed after hearing the news.
also : characteristic of one who is dazed
had a dazed look on her face
dazedly adverb
… a lethargy so complete that he could lie on his bed for an hour at a time, staring dazedly into space … J. K. Rowling
dazedness noun
… mistaking for dazedness the profound concentration of his mind. Booth Tarkington

Examples of dazed in a Sentence

the dazed goalie could only watch as the winning point went flying past him
Recent Examples on the Web However, this State of Play also dropped trailers that left us dazed and confused. Jordan Minor, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 Collectively wincing at the brutal spill, Hernandez and Johnson immediately turn heel and flee the scene while Elordi still lays dazed on the ground. EW.com, 17 Jan. 2024 The images of a dazed, unshaved Diniz walking out of captivity were on the front pages of all the country’s newspapers and the case helped shape an anti-kidnapping law. Fabiola Moura, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Seeing the void of the market at night calls back to the end of the first episode, when a dazed Margaret, having just let light and Blondie back into her life at the diner, goes back to the scene of the disappearance, and walks through its shuttered strait of vendors. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 27 Jan. 2024 Whether mimicking the dazed inner world of Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla or mirroring sadness felt across the planet, femmes online appear set on projecting an image of despair, or something vaguely mysterious, all in shades of blue. Emily Leibert, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 After a long, hushed conversation with the actress Brie Larson, Novak walked across the patio, looking a bit dazed. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 In the dark, people scrambled to dig for survivors and directed the wounded, dazed and bloody, away from the site. Hajar Harb, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2023 Nissel, who wore a yarmulke, was left dazed and bloodied by the attack. Gabriel San Román, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dazed was in the 15th century

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“Dazed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazed. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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