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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • She picked it up, and applied herself for a while to its dazing infinitives.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • A leg caught Mackenzie 30 a glancing blow on the head, dazing him momentarily, giving Carlson the opening he desired.

  • Just after her death he was as a man stricken by some dazing mental affection.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • He could realize only the dazing and crushing import of his own unwilling instrumentality.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • The pommel of the Chevalier's rapier hit him in the forehead, cutting and dazing him.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • He was all worn out by the continuous roar of bombardments that had been shaking the dugouts and dazing his brains for weeks.

    Tales of War Lord Dunsany
  • Both literally sacrificed their lives for dreams, the confused imagery of which was suggested by the dazing medley of the Kabbala.

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.


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

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