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

Origin of amazed

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at amaze, -ed2
Related formsa·maz·ed·ly [uh-mey-zid-lee] /əˈmeɪ zɪd li/, adverba·maz·ed·ness, nounun·a·mazed, adjectiveun·a·maz·ed·ly, adverbun·a·maz·ed·ness, noun



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

Synonyms for amaze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amazed

Contemporary Examples of amazed

Historical Examples of amazed

  • All the courtiers were amazed and confounded, and Sir Oliver the most of all.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She was amazed at the amount of work that had been accomplished.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Mrs Verloc sat still, amazed, lost in boundless astonishment.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The two men were both too amazed, at the instant, for rapid measures.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Hattie did not look at her young daughter; but if she had looked, she might have been amazed.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for amazed


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