In Mr. Wilson it was transfigured, his friends would say into a higher and his foes into a hazier thing.
Not only so, but words develope themselves into the leaders of thought; and hazy speaking engenders a hazier thinking still.
He found when he came into the warm house that he was hazier than he had believed.
1620s, hawsey, nautical, of unknown origin. Some connect it with German hase "hare," an animal which plays an important part in Germanic folklore, with many supernatural and unlucky aspects in medieval times (among the superstitions: a dead hare should not be brought aboard a fishing ship, and the word hare should not be spoken at sea). Another suggestion is Old English hasu, haswe "gray." Related: Hazily; haziness.