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[hey-zee] /ˈheɪ zi/
adjective, hazier, haziest.
characterized by the presence of haze; misty:
hazy weather.
lacking distinctness or clarity; vague; indefinite; obscure; confused:
a hazy idea.
Origin of hazy
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
1. foggy, smoggy, overcast. Unabridged
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  • Hours later, Lancaster was hazily aware of lying stretched on the floor.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Now, at last, he had no cunning, and he was hazily conscious of his ineffectiveness.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • "Us goes up to heaven in a whirlpool and has an awful doom," said Peter hazily.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • It impressed him, hazily, as just the very hat to look ripping on an ash-blonde.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • hazily I became aware that the dark room was become flooded with figures.

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
  • hazily I became aware that the dark room was flooded with figures.

  • It was and is hazily associated with the negation of religion.

  • She opened her eyes slowly, and stared dully, hazily before her.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • But she hazily wanted some one to whom she could say what she thought.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for hazily


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



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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