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hazy

[hey-zee] /ˈheɪ zi/
adjective, hazier, haziest.
1.
characterized by the presence of haze; misty:
hazy weather.
2.
lacking distinctness or clarity; vague; indefinite; obscure; confused:
a hazy idea.
Origin of hazy
1615-1625
1615-25; earlier hawsey, metathetic variant of Middle English *haswy, Old English haswig ashen, dusky. See haze1, -y1
Related forms
hazily, adverb
haziness, noun
unhazily, adverb
unhaziness, noun
unhazy, adjective
Synonyms
1. foggy, smoggy, overcast.
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  • In Mr. Wilson it was transfigured, his friends would say into a higher and his foes into a hazier thing.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • 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.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for hazier

hazy

/ˈheɪzɪ/
adjective -zier, -ziest
1.
characterized by reduced visibility; misty
2.
indistinct; vague
Derived Forms
hazily, adverb
haziness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hazier

hazy

adj.

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.

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