[ uh-meyzd ]
/ əˈmeɪzd /


greatly surprised; astounded; suddenly filled with wonder: The magician made the dove disappear before our amazed eyes.

Nearby words

  1. amaurosis fugax,
  2. amaurotic pupil,
  3. amaut,
  4. amaze,
  5. amazeballs,
  6. amazement,
  7. amazia,
  8. amaziah,
  9. amazing,
  10. amazon

Origin of amazed

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at amaze, -ed2

Related forms


[ uh-meyz ]
/ əˈmeɪz /

verb (used with object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.

to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.

verb (used without object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.

to cause amazement: a new art show that delights and amazes.


Archaic. amazement.

Origin of amaze

before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amazed


/ (əˈmeɪz) /

verb (tr)

to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
an obsolete word for bewilder


an archaic word for amazement

Word Origin for amaze

Old English āmasian

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Word Origin and History for amazed



early 13c., amasian "stupefy, make crazy," from a-, probably used here as an intensive prefix, + -masian, related to maze (q.v.). Sense of "overwhelm with wonder" is from 1580s. Related: Amazed; amazing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper