\ˈhā-zē \
hazier; haziest

Definition of hazy 

1 : made dim or cloudy by or as if by fine dust, smoke, or light vapor in the air : obscured by or as if by haze (see haze entry 1 sense 1a) hazy weather a hazy view of the mountains

2 : vague, indefinite has only a hazy recollection also : uncertain I'm hazy on that point

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Other Words from hazy

hazily \ ˈhā-​zə-​lē \ adverb
haziness \ ˈhā-​zē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hazy


beclouded, clouded, cloudy, dull, hazed, heavy, lowering (also louring), overcast, overclouded


clear, cloudless

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Examples of hazy in a Sentence

We had only a hazy view of the mountain. He gave us a hazy account of how he had spent the last two weeks. She has only hazy memories of the accident.
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Venus governs our values, so when this planet goes backward, your judgment may get a bit hazy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The brewery also was one of the state's early adopters of juicy, hazy New England-style IPAs, with its Defloured NEIPA (5.7% ABV). Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "7 must-go summer beer events in Michigan," 11 June 2018 In fact, one of those milkshake IPAs – Murkshake, a hazy triple IPA with organic strawberries and vanilla bean brewed by Pure Project of San Diego – won the People’s Choice award. Daniel Barnes, sacbee, "These IPAs hop to the top at Sacramento Beer Week's Track 7 Invitational | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 But now, her already hazy future — and that of others fleeing gang violence in Latin America — has been thrust into greater uncertainty. Cindy Carcamo, latimes.com, "U.S. decision on asylum casts a pall over immigrants fleeing gang violence," 14 June 2018 The air was hazy and hot with smoke from the fires, Mr. Hossain said, which probably kept away soldiers. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres," 11 May 2018 There can be a fine, if sometimes hazy, line between art, comedy and marijuana. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong talks about pot, comedy, music, golf and his Chicano art museum," 11 July 2018 Skies are clear but hazy, and temperatures fall to lows in the upper 70s/lower 80s. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Sweltering conditions will persist through Independence Day," 1 July 2018 Your boundaries might feel a little porous this week, a little hazy, and that’s okay. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of June 11," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of hazy

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hazy

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of hazy

: partly hidden, darkened, or clouded by dust, smoke, or mist : hidden by haze; also : having or filled with haze

: not clear in thought or meaning

: not certain


\ˈhā-zē \
hazier; haziest

Kids Definition of hazy

1 : partly hidden or darkened by dust, smoke, or fine particles of water in the air They only saw the hazy strip of land …— Lois Lowry, Number the Stars

2 : not clear in thought or meaning : vague a hazy memory

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