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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


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

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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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 Its haze softens his edges, revealing the layers underneath. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2021 The world moved on, but in 2020 the fires were even worse, leaving the state under a smoky haze for much of the dry season. Brian Barth, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2021 In recent years, megafires and their blanketing haze have become an increasingly familiar sight, along with the towering thunderheads of smoke that form above them. Jon Reisner, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 Portland is on its final day of a four-day heat wave that began to taper out of triple-digit temperatures Friday as a smoky haze enveloped the city. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2021 The scene looked like something out of an apocalypse as the blaze left the Gold Rush-era town in ruins — approximately 75 percent was destroyed — and a smoky haze covered the skies, The Sacramento Bee reported. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Many visitors would rather just cool off or wait for smoky haze from forest fires to lift, rather than brave slopes of the surrounding peaks in unusually high heat and limited visibility. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 The lively former presidential candidate has campaigned on a promise to lift the city out of its pandemic haze. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 22 June 2021 Outside the window of my ice shanty, Steve and Rigby sat side by side in a haze of windblown snow. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If possible, move to a higher elevation during the peak of the shower to get above any smog and haze hovering at sea level. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2021 But haze and falling ash still blanketed the area, reducing the lake’s clarity, The Times’ Tony Barboza and Anita Chabria report. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Airport officials in Denver initially said the delays were due to smoke and haze in the Denver metro area — and said most of the later delays were due to weather issues in other parts of the country, CBS Denver reports. CBS News, 19 July 2021 These new offerings lift that haze completely, revealing the detail and dimension underneath. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 26 June 2021 Also, haze and smoke will continue Thursday across much of the area due to wildfires near Globe. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2021 The bay swirls around the mountain in muddy braids, the trees blur to form a knotty hide over the rocks, and the dimpled bluffs of the Mississippi in the distance haze a little further with every wrinkle and fold. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Some local hardware stores reported a spike in demand for home air purifiers during the thick of the smoke and haze last year — which coincided with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while many more people were working remotely. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2021 In Klamath County’s Wood River Valley, state and federal agencies partnered to try to haze wolves away from livestock pastures. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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27 Dec 2021

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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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