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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for dazedly
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  • He took it dazedly, then dropped it, and the Little Chemist picked it up; he had no prescription like that in his pharmacopoeia.

  • "He apologizes for coming in with a weapon in his hand," I said, dazedly.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • He dazedly brushed back a lock of hair from his brow, scrambled back under the bed after the gun then rushed to the broken window.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • After it was all over: "But I was going first," old man Minick said, dazedly.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • dazedly, as one in a dream, Norma rose, and the three went down stairs.

  • A voice was calling, and Houston stirred, dazedly obedient to its command.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • "You're not going to like this," the robot said dazedly, sometime later.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner
  • Daphne Collis snatched the pearls and stared at them dazedly.

  • dazedly, his head ringing, Drew slipped to the floor as the other released him.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • "I am beside myself," murmured the Scarecrow dazedly—which in truth he was.

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for dazedly


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
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Word Origin and History for dazedly



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



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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