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[daz-uh l] /ˈdæz əl/
verb (used with object), dazzled, dazzling.
to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light:
He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
to impress deeply; astonish with delight:
The glorious palace dazzled him.
verb (used without object), dazzled, dazzling.
to shine or reflect brilliantly:
gems dazzling in the sunlight.
to be overpowered by light:
Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
to excite admiration by brilliance:
Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
an act or instance of dazzling:
the dazzle of the spotlights.
something that dazzles.
Origin of dazzle
First recorded in 1475-85; daze + -le
Related forms
dazzler, noun
dazzlingly, adverb
outdazzle, verb (used with object), outdazzled, outdazzling.
overdazzle, verb, overdazzled, overdazzling.
undazzled, adjective
undazzling, adjective
2. awe, overwhelm, overpower, stupefy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dazzler
Historical Examples
  • This threw the whole weight of the dazzler on the chain-anchor.

  • Everything was in readiness to give the dazzler the jib, and go.

  • So he, too, began to experience a keen interest in the escape of the dazzler.

  • A skiff grazed the side of the dazzler softly and interrupted Joe's reveries.

  • The dazzler tacked about and began to work in toward the north shore.

  • As it was, the dazzler had a beam wind in which to overtake him.

  • Only that very morning he had been a school-boy, and now he was a sailor, shipped on the dazzler and bound he knew not whither.

  • He frowned, got up from where he had been sunning himself on top of the dazzler's cabin, and kicked off his heavy rubber boots.

  • The wind was blowing from the north in mild squalls, and the dazzler cut noiselessly through the landlocked water.

  • The dazzler's skiff was brought alongside, as was also the small boat in which the two strangers had come aboard.

British Dictionary definitions for dazzler


(usually transitive) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
to amaze, as with brilliance: she was dazzled by his wit, she dazzles in this film
bright light that dazzles
bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etc: the dazzle of fame
Derived Forms
dazzler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzler



late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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