- an aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.
- vagueness or obscurity, as of the mind or perception; confused or vague thoughts, feelings, etc.: The victims were still in a haze and couldn't describe the accident.
- to make or become hazy.
Origin of haze1
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- to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
- Chiefly Nautical. to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
Origin of haze2
Examples from the Web for haze
“I personally think that his performance is unbelievable,” says Haze.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'
September 6, 2014
Not according to Haze, who is decidedly Zen about his Method approach to Ballard.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco
August 3, 2014
Nothing better conveys the haze of half-absorbed fact and misinformation that has become the daily diet of conversation.What’s Behind the Obamacare Cock-Up
October 21, 2013
Another man, a skeptic, sent there to haze Browne, to “punk” her, asks Browne how old his father was when he passed away.What Psychic Sylvia Brown Didn’t See
May 10, 2013
Raeen says being able to turn on Haze is like having a super power.Meet Angel Haze: the Brooklyn Rapper Tackling Sex Abuse in Her Rhymes
November 21, 2012
Now ensued a spell of calm weather, with a film of haze over the sky.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Or, at least, Mr. Bud might have later news of him than Mrs. Haze had.
In the morning he made a swift breakfast, and was off to Mrs. Haze's.
There was a bit of a haze, and you could not see more than a few hundred yards.
The haze was like a curtain all round us, and there were we three in the middle of it.
- reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
- the moisture or dust causing this
- obscurity of perception, feeling, etc
- (when intr, often foll by over) to make or become hazy
- mainly US and Canadian to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
- nautical to harass with humiliating tasks
Word Origin and History for haze
"subject to cruel horseplay," 1850, American English student slang, from earlier nautical sense of "punish by keeping at unpleasant and unnecessary hard work" (1840), perhaps from hawze "terrify, frighten, confound" (1670s), from Middle French haser "irritate, annoy" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Hazed; hazing.
All hands were called to "come up and see it rain," and kept on deck hour after hour in a drenching rain, standing round the deck so far apart as to prevent our talking with one another, with our tarpaulins and oil-cloth jackets on, picking old rope to pieces or laying up gaskets and robands. This was often done, too, when we were lying in port with two anchors down, and no necessity for more than one man on deck as a look-out. This is what is called "hazing" a crew, and "working their old iron up." [Dana, "Two Years before the Mast," 1842]
1706, probably a back-formation of hazy. Sense of "confusion, vagueness" is 1797. The English differentiation of haze, mist, fog (and other dialectal words) is unmatched in other tongues, where the same word generally covers all three and often "cloud" as well, and this may be seen as an effect of the English climate on the language.
Idioms and Phrases with haze
see in a fog (haze).