- to stun or stupefy with a blow, shock, etc.: He was dazed by a blow on the head.
- to overwhelm; dazzle: The splendor of the palace dazed her.
- a dazed condition; state of bemusement: After meeting the author, I was in a daze for a week.
Origin of daze
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Examples from the Web for daze
Earlier today, I walked around the kitchen holding one of those pink snappers, half in a daze, thinking what I could do with it.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic
Jane & Michael Stern
July 13, 2014
I was in a daze, still wearing clothes stiffened with evaporated sea salt.How Military Veterans Led Sandy Volunteer Efforts
October 28, 2013
But others walked quietly in a daze or lay on their backs and started at the sky.The Crackdown Begins
July 4, 2013
Svetlana and Ksenya would agree with that assessment—they remember arriving in a daze.How a Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery
March 22, 2011
Ariston stood in a daze and watched the wine spilling into the street.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
The Earthman came out of his daze at the sight of the other.Slaves of Mercury
Still in a daze, I sat down on my cot and felt the big bruise on my head.The Harbor
In a daze, groping blindly for support, he waited for the shock of impact.
His fierce assumption of knowledge seemed to dazzle and daze the Spaniard.Captain Blood
- to stun or stupefy, esp by a blow or shock
- to bewilder, amaze, or dazzle
- a state of stunned confusion or shock (esp in the phrase in a daze)
Word Origin and History for daze
early 14c., dasen, perhaps from Old Norse *dasa (cf. dasask "to become weary," with reflexive suffix -sk). Or perhaps from Middle Dutch dasen "act silly." Perhaps originally "to make weary with cold," which is the sense of Icelandic dasask (from the Old Norse word). Related: Dazed.
"a dazed condition," 1825, from daze (v.).