haze

noun
\ 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

haze

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

haze

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The airport in Porto Velho closed for more than one hour on Monday morning because of poor visibility caused by the haze. chicagotribune.com, "Brazil rejects G-7′s financial aid to help fight Amazon fires, equating the issue to colonialism and demanding apology from French president," 27 Aug. 2019 The airport in Porto Velho closed for more than one hour on Monday morning because of poor visibility caused by the haze. Washington Post, "Brazilian firefighters toil in Amazon region hazy with smoke," 27 Aug. 2019 The Chugach Mountains and the Anchorage Bowl were once more obscured by haze. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Coughing, breathing issues, sore eyes: As wildfire smoke cloaks Anchorage, people feel its effects," 24 Aug. 2019 The smoke followed, sinking in a thick shroud to the city streets for a mile or two around the Monument, as the crowds put their hats and shirts to their noses and mouths, wandering through the haze that had descended upon Washington. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Cutouts of J.F.K., Jr., Tanks, and Adulation at Trump’s “Salute to America”," 6 July 2019 Hundreds of men hustled through the haze, laughing and shouting, cigarettes clamped between their teeth. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 First loves remembered through a haze of memory, and first loves experienced with visceral immediacy (and rendered in graphic novel form). Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 The dance floor is bathed in red, with beams of blue lasers shooting through the haze. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Coachella by the hour: Weekend highlights from Vince Staples, Kali Uchis, Moodymann, Oh Sees and, oh yeah, Beyoncé," 23 Apr. 2018 Quite a bit of smoke and haze will be visible in the area of Prescott Valley for the next couple of days, Kenton said. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Cellar Fire near Prescott grows to 7,000 acres after warm weather, lower humidity," 17 July 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

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

History and Etymology for haze

Noun

probably back-formation from hazy

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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haze

noun

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

haze

noun
\ 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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