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[blah-zey, blah-zey; French bla-zey] /blɑˈzeɪ, ˈblɑ zeɪ; French blaˈzeɪ/
indifferent to or bored with life; unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures.
Origin of blasé
1810-20; < French, past participle of blaser to cloy, sicken from surfeit, perhaps < Dutch blasen to blow; see blast
apathetic, jaded, cloyed, sated, glutted, surfeited, world-weary. Unabridged
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  • It is not pleasant to be called green, but I would rather be green and aspiring than blase and hide-bound at nineteen.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • Perhaps it's the Spanish blood, or perhaps it's because she's so blase.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • What cards and hazard are for blase Europe, cock-fighting is for the simple native of Manila.

  • In that large clear eye he could see nothing that his blase nature could understand as guile.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • He had what Carley called the New York masculine face, blase and lined, with eyes that gleamed, yet had no fire.

  • Mrs. H. Oh, no, there would not—And so you were going to be virtuous and blase', were you?

  • He's one of our blase ones; been in before, haven't you, Simson?

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • A cruel but powerful interest, already too dear to his blase soul, was disappearing thus from his life.

  • Turning upon him in a blase of wrath and with unutterable loathing.

    Theft Jack London
  • My desire was to pass as blase, even while I was filled with desires and my exalted imagination was carrying me beyond all limits.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
British Dictionary definitions for blase


indifferent to something because of familiarity or surfeit
lacking enthusiasm; bored
Word Origin
C19: from French, past participle of blaser to cloy
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Word Origin and History for blase

"bored from overindulgence," 1819, from French blasé, past participle of blaser "to satiate" (17c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Dutch blazen "to blow" (related to English blast), with a sense of "puffed up under the effects of drinking."

see blasé.

see blasé.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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