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[deyz] /deɪz/
verb (used with object), dazed, dazing.
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
1275-1325; Middle English dasen (v.) < Old Norse dasa- (as in dasask to become weary); compare Danish dase to doze, mope
Related forms
[dey-zid-lee] /ˈdeɪ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
dazedness, noun
half-dazed, adjective
undazed, adjective
undazing, adjective
2. amaze, astound, dumbfound, flabbergast. Unabridged
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  • The nervous father clenched the railing in a daze, and cowered before the ministerial heckling.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • It may have been the shrieks of the victims or the glare from the fire that brought him out of the daze.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • She draws the back of her hand across her forehead in an endeavor to bring herself out of the daze.

    Prairie Gold Various
  • We went around in a daze for nearly a week, hardly daring to believe that it could be so.

    Odd Numbers Sewell Ford
  • “You have come in good time–in good time,” said he again, as one speaking in a daze.

    Claim Number One George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • The girls were gone, and Gail went back to her wash-tubs in a daze.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for daze


verb (transitive)
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)
Derived Forms
dazedly (ˈdeɪzɪdlɪ) adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse dasa-, as in dasask to grow weary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).


"a dazed condition," 1825, from daze (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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