\ ˈhāz \

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


verb (1)
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make hazy, dull, or cloudy

intransitive verb

: to become hazy or cloudy


verb (2)
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

brume, fog, gauze, mist, murk, reek, smog, soup

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Examples of haze in a Sentence


The bar was filled with a smoky haze. She stumbled around in a drug-induced haze.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hazardous haze has left Seattle with a sky so unclear people can’t see mountains or the city skyline, flights have been delayed and authorities have warned healthy adults to remain indoors. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Seattle air pollution equivalent to smoking nine cigarettes thanks to wildfire ash," 22 Aug. 2018 One: the parched landscape, bright sunshine, and the haze from the fires drove home exactly why bits of California catch fire on a regular basis. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 The haze and shadows are a fog of time and recrimination not ready to lift. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 The fires in Northern California have created such a haze of smoke in the Central Valley that Sacramento County health officials advised residents to avoid outdoor activities for the entire week. Fox News, "Largest wildfire in California history still growing," 7 Aug. 2018 Industrial brewing introduced centrifuges, filters and even enzymes to break up haze-causing proteins. William Bostwick, WSJ, "The Beers of Summer: Hazy IPAs," 24 May 2018 And we, as adults, are suffering the effects of a lackluster education system that has left this country’s history in a haze. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Racism and Patriarchy Is Taught at School," 16 Oct. 2018 The smoke has wafted thousands of miles across the country to New York State and has shrouded many Western states in haze. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Breathing Seattle’s air right now is like smoking 7 cigarettes. Blame wildfires.," 21 Aug. 2018 But until now, spotting infant planets forming in the haze has been a major challenge. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Three Newborn Planets Discovered Around an Infant Star," 13 June 2018

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Blowups as far away as Canada or Idaho can waft hundreds of miles, haze a Montana day, and make a mountain valley smell like a campsite. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "You Could Live Here Alone Forever," 11 Jan. 2017 The legislation makes the most severe forms of hazing a felony, requires schools to maintain policies to combat hazing and allows confiscation of frat houses where hazing has occurred. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student’s name goes to governor," 15 Oct. 2018 At a prep school in the Midwest about 15 years ago, a freshman on the school’s football team was introduced to a disturbing locker room hazing ritual. Adam Howard, Vox, "I’ve spent decades studying elite schools. Here’s how their culture enables toxic masculinity.," 27 Sep. 2018 The patrol team wants to ensure that its efforts to discourage bears from the village neither aid nor interfere with the work of subsistence hunters, who don’t want to see the bears hazed out of the region entirely. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 Pennsylvania, like Louisiana, is expected to soon pass an anti-hazing law that would make death by hazing a felony. Kyle Spencer, New York Times, "Colleges and State Laws Are Clamping Down on Fraternities," 5 June 2018 David Bianchi, the Coffeys' attorney who helped pass a Florida law in 2005 that made hazing a felony, also blocks defendants from claiming the victim went along willingly. CBS News, "Andrew Coffey's family calls for "accountability and education" after alleged FSU hazing death," 13 Mar. 2018 Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver appeared on Dateline NBC Sunday (June 3) alongside other parents of hazing victims to call on universities, fraternities and policymakers to take action to protect kids. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Maxwell Gruver's parents appear on 'Dateline' college hazing report," 4 June 2018 The parents came together to form Parents United to Stop Hazing, or PUSH, an advocacy group that seeks change from universities, national fraternities and lawmakers to stop hazing deaths. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Maxwell Gruver's parents appear on 'Dateline' college hazing report," 4 June 2018

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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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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


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Kids Definition of haze

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

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