\ ˈfāz How to pronounce faze (audio) \
fazed; fazing

Definition of faze

transitive verb

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

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Faze (not to be confused with phase) first appeared in English in the early 1800s—centuries after the works of Shakespeare and Chaucer were penned. But both of those authors were familiar with the word's ancient parent: faze is an alteration of 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." The word is still used in some English dialects as a noun meaning "rush" or "a state of alarm or excitement."

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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s very few, if any, situations that faze him, utilizing the kind of court awareness that can take years for players to master. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2022 Walker projects the position that the opinions don’t faze him. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 The cast has terrific chemistry, and includes skillful performances from Janelle James as Ava, the totally unqualified principal, and Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa, a second-grade teacher who doesn’t let much faze her. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 In another part of town, a rocket blast that rattled the walls of a basement housing about 30 people somehow didn’t faze a 6-year-old girl named Varvara, who sat drawing at a little table. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Not much could faze the 27-year-old Mahle, who was making his first career Opening Day start. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2022 Random terrifying stuff doesn’t faze any of the quartet of treasure hunters, which makes the whole movie thin and desperate and lacking in human drama. Kyle Smith, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 That real patients received inaccurate test results doesn’t seem to faze Holmes. Bill Goodykoontz, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 The war doesn’t faze Miguel Arrias, Buenavista’s stoic half-Ukrainian, half-Peruvian barman. Johnny O'reilly, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of faze

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faze

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

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“Faze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faze. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for faze


\ ˈfāz How to pronounce faze (audio) \
fazed; fazing

Kids Definition of faze

: to cause to hesitate or feel fear Nothing fazes her.

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