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[heyz] /heɪz/
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.
verb (used with or without object), hazed, hazing.
to make or become hazy.
Origin of haze1
1700-10; perhaps noun use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare
Related forms
hazeless, adjective
2. See cloud.


[heyz] /heɪz/
verb (used with object), hazed, hazing.
to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
Chiefly Nautical. to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
1670-80; < Middle French haser to irritate, annoy Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for haze
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  • This time it was in a faint Celtic haze; a vision of silver mist and distant mountain and mere.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • The haze about him scintillated and became impenetrable darkness.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • The transmissibility of acquired diseases is a question involved in more of a haze of ignorance and loose thinking.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Then, as the haze faded away, a sweet voice said: "Thank you, my friends!"

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • I look across deep waters, Miss Lally, and the land beyond may be but a haze after all.

    The Three Impostors Arthur Machen
British Dictionary definitions for haze


  1. reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
  2. the moisture or dust causing this
obscurity of perception, feeling, etc
when intr, often foll by over. to make or become hazy
Word Origin
C18: back formation from hazy


verb (transitive)
(mainly US & Canadian) to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
(nautical) to harass with humiliating tasks
Derived Forms
hazer, noun
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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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.

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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