- 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 hazed
In the first few weeks my artist's ears and eyes and soul were hazed to a frazzle.The Harbor
But somehow or 'nuther he got the lights to goin'; and all the time I hazed him terrible.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
At this Harley shook off some of the gathering dizziness that hazed his mind.The Planetoid of Peril
A niece of his was hazed at college and contracted pneumonia.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Kitty was a doctor;Nothing ever shocked her, though they hazed a little, too!The Book of Humorous Verse
- 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 hazed
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.
"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]
Idioms and Phrases with hazed
see in a fog (haze).