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faze

[feyz]
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verb (used with object), fazed, faz·ing.
  1. to cause to be disturbed or disconcerted; daunt: The worst insults cannot faze him.
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Origin of faze

1820–30, Americanism; dial. form of feeze
Can be confusedfaze phase

Synonyms

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disconcert, discomfit, perturb, fluster, confound.
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Examples from the Web for faze

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  • Any altitude of his body above the wagon-bed of less than a foot did not faze him.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • That's the way with this old Egbert boy; nothing ever seems to faze him long.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • With only two of us aboard you know how easy she climbed; three passengers she could hoist, but four might faze her.

    The Aeroplane Boys Flight

    John Luther Langworthy


British Dictionary definitions for faze

faze

verb
  1. (tr) to disconcert; worry; disturb
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Word Origin

C19: variant of feeze
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Word Origin and History for faze

v.

1830, American English variant of Kentish dialect feeze "to frighten, alarm, discomfit" (mid-15c.), from Old English fesian, fysian "drive away," from Proto-Germanic *fausjanan (cf. Swedish fösa "drive away," Norwegian föysa). Related: Fazed; fazing.

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