faze

verb

fazed; fazing

transitive verb

: to disturb the composure of : disconcert, daunt
Nothing fazed her.
Criticism did not seem to faze the writer.

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If you're hazy on faze, let us filter out the fuzz. Faze (not to be confused with phase) first appeared in English in the early 1800s with the same meaning we give it today: to disturb the composure of. Its appearance came centuries after the works of Shakespeare and Chaucer were penned, but both of those authors were familiar with the word's ancient parent, the now-rare verb feeze, which has been in use since the days of Old English (in the form fēsian), when it meant "to drive away" or "to put to flight." By the 1400s, it was also being used with the meaning "to frighten or put into a state of alarm," a sense close to that of the modern faze. While it is possible to use faze in constructions like "I felt fazed by the prospect of starting at a new school," it more often appears with negation, as in "it didn’t faze her a bit” or “nothing fazes him."

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Phase and Faze

Phase and faze are homophones (words pronounced alike but different in meaning, derivation, or spelling) that may easily be confused. Despite the similarity in pronunciation, these words bear little semantic resemblance to one another.

Although phase can function as a verb – it is found especially in combinations such as phase out, phase in, and phase into, meaning “to end, begin, etc. in phases” – the word is most commonly encountered as a noun, in which it typically carries a meaning related to steps in a process, cycles, or stages of development (as in “phases of the moon”).

Faze is generally used only as a verb, and means “to daunt or disconcert.” It often appears in negative expressions such as “it didn’t faze her a bit” or “nothing fazes him.”

Examples of faze in a Sentence

You'll never succeed as a writer if you let a little bit of criticism faze you. the collapse of part of the scenery didn't faze the actors one bit, and they just carried on
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Word History

Etymology

alteration of feeze to drive away, frighten, from Middle English fesen, from Old English fēsian to drive away

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of faze was in 1830

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“Faze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faze. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

faze

verb
fazed; fazing
: to disturb the self-control or courage of : daunt
didn't faze her

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