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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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Examples from the Web for dazing
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  • Not any physical impact—no, something which was dazing but still immaterial.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • Something like vertigo, a dazing, a loss of all the faculties.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • She picked it up, and applied herself for a while to its dazing infinitives.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Just after her death he was as a man stricken by some dazing mental affection.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • His speech was interrupted by a dazing, deafening tumult of sound.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • The pommel of the Chevalier's rapier hit him in the forehead, cutting and dazing him.

    The Grey Cloak

    Harold MacGrath
  • Both literally sacrificed their lives for dreams, the confused imagery of which was suggested by the dazing medley of the Kabbala.

  • Certainly it was not the work of a man daily dazing his faculties with drink; no more was that exquisite lyric To Mary in Heaven.

    Robert Burns Gabriel Setoun
  • But something in the air of the chamber struck to the heart—something different, subtle, unfamiliar, dazing.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • Hardly could he make a move before one of the boys struck him on the head with a club, dazing him.

British Dictionary definitions for dazing


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 dazing



"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.

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