\ ˈhāz How to pronounce haze (audio) \

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

In 2003, Olafur Eliasson—with the help of 200 mono-frequency lights, projection and mirror foils, haze machines, aluminum, and scaffolding—recreated the sky, complete with a blazing orange sun. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Consider the Nature of Perception at Olafur Eliasson’s New Show," 10 July 2019 Noticing a haze over today's otherwise sunny Michigan sky? Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Canadian wildfires make for hazy Michigan skies," 8 July 2019 Rather than letting life slide by in an undefined haze, prayer punctuates our hours, our days, and our weeks. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, Vox, "How prayer helped me detox from the internet," 8 July 2019 The Roots Standard concert smoke machines proved unnecessary Wednesday night as the thick fog that blanketed the lakefront created a dramatic haze throughout the BMO Harris Bank Pavilion as The Roots took the stage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Yungblud, Lauren Alaina and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 7," 1 July 2019 Titan is a haze-covered world that has lakes of methane and an ocean below the surface. NBC News, "NASA to send robotic 'dragonfly' drone to Saturn moon Titan," 27 June 2019 This allows the billions of stars within Whirlpool, which are brightest at shallow infrared wavelengths, to resemble a blue haze. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Whirlpool Galaxy in Four Stunning Photos," 27 June 2019 Oppo claimed on Twitter that algorithms would help remove any haze around the camera and touchup the images. Shannon Liao, CNN, "This Chinese smartphone company found a creative place to put the selfie camera," 26 June 2019 Setting sights high The ceiling is packed with haze machines, pirate sails, ropes that the actors swing on and an array of lights (including lanterns that drop down). Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Take an inside look at how Signature Theatre’s ‘Blackbeard’ got its ship together," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Only after an animal was hazed repeatedly and returned to forage could it be killed, and then only between January 1 and May 31. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 In these noisy and dynamic few milliseconds the fat rear Michelins hazed and the Pista’s posterior waggled left, then right, violently, a 710-hp twerk. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 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

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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


\ 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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