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Definition of haze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : fine dust, smoke, or light vapor causing lack of transparency of the air
b : a cloudy appearance in a transparent liquid or solid also : a dullness of finish (as on furniture)
2 : something suggesting atmospheric haze especially : vagueness of mind or mental perception
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make hazy, dull, or cloudy

intransitive verb

: to become hazy or cloudy
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to harass by exacting unnecessary or disagreeable work
b : to harass by banter, ridicule, or criticism
2 : to haze by way of initiation haze the fraternity pledges
3 Western US : to drive (animals, such as cattle or horses) from horseback

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Verb (2)

hazer noun

Synonyms for haze

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of haze in a Sentence

Noun The bar was filled with a smoky haze. She stumbled around in a drug-induced haze.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Why pollution is worse in the winter This time of year, early morning commuters may notice the sunrise muddied by a brown haze on the horizon. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Winter air really is worse in south, west Phoenix. Here's why," 31 Dec. 2019 Libby-Roberts likens the cloud cover to that of Saturn’s moon Titan, which is entirely enveloped by a yellow haze. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These ‘super puff’ planets have the same density as cotton candy," 27 Dec. 2019 With dust swept up into the air, visibility was low in Mildura, with photos showing cars and roads disappearing into a cloudy red haze. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "A massive dust storm has turned an Australian city red," 21 Nov. 2019 Melodies inevitably appear from inside the opiated haze of instrumentation and the sometimes archly clever wordplay. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Album review wrap-up: Nick Cave transforms, the Highwomen rise, Tool returns, and more," 9 Oct. 2019 Less is more, especially when dealing with Detroit sports fans, who are smart enough to see through the haze of a news release. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers should cut the B.S., let their smart new hires speak for themselves," 15 Nov. 2019 Hester quickly craned her neck toward Matthew and tried, through the haze of the studio spotlights, to meet his eye. David Canfield, EW.com, "See the anticipated cover for Harlan Coben's next page-turner," 5 Nov. 2019 The person trapped in the haze of mental illness often doesn't want to go. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 22 Oct. 2019 The awards season haze got a little clearer during the Hollywood Foreign Press announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Golden Globes Nominations 2020: Read the full list," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nine people and a local business have been indicted in the death of an Ohio University student who died last year after allegedly being hazed by members of the Sigma Pi fraternity, officials announced. Fox News, "Ohio University student's death leaves 9 indicted for hazing, involuntary manslaughter, drugs," 20 Nov. 2019 The organization determined the chapter had violated hazing policies. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "ASU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon closed by national office after hazing violations," 5 Dec. 2019 Parents whose students were pledging the CU fraternity gave police text-message chains from their children, worried the messages indicated their kids were being hazed, according to Hartkopp and CU. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "15 years after pledge’s hazing death, relationship between CU and Boulder’s fraternities “nonexistent”," 8 Nov. 2019 In Virginia in April, three Virginia State University fraternity members were accused of hurting 10 students who were being hazed. NBC News, "Ohio University suspends all fraternities over hazing allegations," 4 Oct. 2019 Teaching people how to humanely haze coyotes could also keep the animals wary of people. National Geographic, "Coyotes have expanded their range to 49 states—and show no signs of stopping.," 29 Nov. 2019 Phi Delta Theta was ultimately banned from LSU, joining a list of several other fraternities banned at the school over the past few decades after hazing incidents. Adam M. Mccready, The Conversation, "Here’s what’s missing in efforts to curb heavy drinking and hazing on campus," 18 Oct. 2019 An Oxford Police spokeswoman confirmed the indictments stemmed from the investigation into the Delta Tau Delta hazing incident on March 16. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "18 indicted after Miami University dismissed Delta Tau Delta fraternity for hazing," 3 Oct. 2019 Barnes’ hazing horse was injured at the Aug. 23-25 Norco Mounted Posse PRCA rodeo, so Barnes was unable to haze for Deskovick at Banning. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Matt Deskovick top steer wrestler at Banning rodeo," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of haze


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1801, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haze


probably back-formation from hazy

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

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“Haze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haze. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce haze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of haze

: dust, smoke, or mist that has filled the air so that you cannot see clearly
: a state of confusion


\ ˈhāz How to pronounce haze (audio) \

Kids Definition of haze

: fine dust, smoke, or fine particles of water in the air

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dull or mediocre

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