faze

verb
\ 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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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.”

Did You Know?

Faze is a youngster among English words, relatively speaking; it first appeared in English in the early 1800s. That may not seem especially young, but consider that when faze first showed up in print in English, the works of Shakespeare were already over 200 years old, the works of Chaucer over 400 years old, and the Old English epic Beowulf was at least 800 years old. Faze is an alteration of the now-rare verb "feeze," which has the obsolete sense "to drive (someone or something) away" and which, by the 1400s, was also being used with the meaning "to frighten or put into a state of alarm." Feeze (fesen in Middle English and fēsian in Old English) is first known to have appeared in print in the late 800s, making it older than even the oldest extant copy of Beowulf in manuscript.

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 The financial challenges of rising through the amateur track ranks failed to faze Robinson or derail his emerging dream. Bryce Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Olympic long jump gold medal winner Arnie Robinson dies at 72," 4 Dec. 2020 As with blitzes, the spotlight doesn’t seem to faze this 22-year-old who has two games remaining to punctuate one of the finest rookie quarterback seasons of all-time. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers Justin Herbert continues to pass credit and complete records," 21 Dec. 2020 Ohio State also had a list of 23 unavailable players, but none of that seemed to faze the Buckeyes. Noah Trister, chicagotribune.com, "No. 4 Ohio State improves to 5-0 with a 52-12 rout of Michigan State — but will the Buckeyes qualify for the Big Ten title game?," 5 Dec. 2020 Those warnings don’t faze Mr. Waterous, who previously headed investment banking at the Bank of Nova Scotia before founding Waterous Energy Fund in 2017. Christopher M. Matthews And Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "The Dicey Economics of Investing in Oil During Covid-19," 11 Dec. 2020 The financial challenges of rising through the amateur track ranks failed to faze Robinson or derail his emerging dream. Bryce Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Olympic long jump gold medal winner Arnie Robinson dies at 72," 4 Dec. 2020 The financial challenges of rising through the amateur track ranks failed to faze Robinson or derail his emerging dream. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Arnie Robinson dies at 72; Olympic long jump gold medalist, San Diego mainstay," 1 Dec. 2020 The Tigers have not let the unexpected break faze them. Giana Han, al, "Auburn reports no new positive COVID cases," 16 Nov. 2020 Facing an opponent with three players over 6-feet tall didn’t faze the volleyball team at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Ohio high school volleyball: CHCA falls in Division III state semifinals to Huron," 15 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'faze.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Cite this Entry

“Faze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faze. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for faze

faze

verb
How to pronounce faze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of faze

: to cause (someone) to feel afraid or uncertain

faze

verb
\ 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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