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amazing

[uh-mey-zing]
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adjective
  1. causing great surprise or sudden wonder.
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Origin of amazing

First recorded in 1520–30; amaze + -ing2
Related formsa·maz·ing·ly, adverb

amaze

[uh-meyz]
verb (used with object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.
  1. to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
  2. Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.
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verb (used without object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.
  1. to cause amazement: a new art show that delights and amazes.
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noun
  1. Archaic. amazement.
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Origin of amaze

before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze

Synonyms

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1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise.
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  • He walked, indeed, with a step of amazing springiness for a man of his years.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • In truth, it's amazing to take count of the Western men among us in all the professions.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The amazing lift was gone from her gait, and she pounded heavily with the forelegs.

  • And the amount of stories Mark, with all his contemplativeness could swallow, was amazing.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • They done it; so we done it, too, and they was most amazing good.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)


British Dictionary definitions for amazing

amazing

adjective
  1. causing wonder or astonishmentamazing feats
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Derived Formsamazingly, adverb

amaze

verb (tr)
  1. to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
  2. an obsolete word for bewilder
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noun
  1. an archaic word for amazement
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Word Origin

Old English āmasian
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Word Origin and History for amazing

adj.

early 15c., "stupefactive;" 1590s, "dreadful;" present participle adjective from amaze. Sense of "wonderful" is recorded from 1704. Related: Amazingly.

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amaze

v.

early 13c., amasian "stupefy, make crazy," from a-, probably used here as an intensive prefix, + -masian, related to maze (q.v.). Sense of "overwhelm with wonder" is from 1580s. Related: Amazed; amazing.

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