\ 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

The wintry dawn setting of Act Three was especially effective, with its gentle but chilly snowfall in a setting of bare trees receding into a gray haze. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Partly in color, partly in black and white, Frank filmed the band and its entourage in a haze of snorting cocaine and shooting heroin on a private jet. Hillel Italie, Twin Cities, "Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94," 10 Sep. 2019 But in a country home to more than 80 million Catholics, such promises have long disappeared into a haze of tradition, piety and clerical influence. Washington Post, "A US priest, a Philippine village, and decades of secrecy," 9 Sep. 2019 These subjects don’t quite rate full-blown stories of their own, and, honestly, some are musings possibly brought on in a haze of days on a far-flung but fictional planet powered by three suns. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Star Wars notes on Rise of the Resistance ride, DJ R3X, Aurebesh," 4 Sep. 2019 President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000 hectares (123,500 acres) have burned, to encourage authorities to get the haze under control. Washington Post, "Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires," 18 Sep. 2019 This unnerving haze will come via the tinny effect of a Courtney Love album played through a phone speaker. Vogue, "Charlotte Knowles’s Biting Take on Female Empowerment Will Close London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019 Until then, clear skies and low air pollution will improve your chances of catching the fleeting purple haze. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "This sulfur-spewing Russian volcano is turning sunsets purple," 13 Sep. 2019 The planet's vivid amber color is due to a smog-like haze occurring during its summer where solar ultraviolet radiation creates reactions in the atmosphere. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble snaps new portrait of Saturn," 12 Sep. 2019

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The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud and large. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coyote attacks an ongoing issue in the county," 5 Sep. 2019 Inside, Tom’s unleashing his own brand of chaos, hazing one of his new employees by using him as a human footstool. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 Nitrogen oxides contribute to haze and to breathing problems, much like the smog automobiles cause in cities. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Last coal train rolls to Arizona power plant as closure looms for major polluter," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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