haze

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noun

1
a
: 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

haze

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verb (1)

hazed; hazing

transitive verb

: to make hazy, dull, or cloudy

intransitive verb

: to become hazy or cloudy

haze

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verb (2)

hazed; hazing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
hazer noun

Examples of haze in a Sentence

Noun The bar was filled with a smoky haze. She stumbled around in a drug-induced haze. Verb (2) the roughnecks on the oil rig would haze the young man for his refined manners and educated speech
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In the distance, the lights of the Southland twinkled underneath a scrim of haze. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2024 Riley Mason took a moment to gather the haze of emotions recounting her own experience with Santoro. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 Professional baseball games were postponed and the skies in New York City turned orange with haze, at times exposing millions of people to the worst air quality in the world. Charles O. Stanier, Discover Magazine, 23 May 2024 In my drowsy haze of half-slumber, the temptation to surrender was strong. Hoda Sherif, TIME, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for haze 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably back-formation from hazy

Verb (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of haze was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Haze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haze. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

haze

1 of 3 noun
1
: fine dust, smoke, or light vapor causing lack of transparency in the air
2
: unclearness of mind or perception : daze

haze

2 of 3 verb
hazed; hazing
: to make or become hazy or cloudy

haze

3 of 3 verb
hazed; hazing
: to play unpleasant and humiliating tricks on (as new members of a college fraternity) or force to perform humiliating tasks or stunts
hazer noun
Etymology

Noun

from hazy

Verb

origin unknown

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