causing great surprise or sudden wonder.

Origin of amazing

First recorded in 1520–30; amaze + -ing2
Related formsa·maz·ing·ly, adverb



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

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Contemporary Examples of amazing

Historical Examples of amazing

  • He walked, indeed, with a step of amazing springiness for a man of his years.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • In truth, it's amazing to take count of the Western men among us in all the professions.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The amazing lift was gone from her gait, and she pounded heavily with the forelegs.

  • And the amount of stories Mark, with all his contemplativeness could swallow, was amazing.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • They done it; so we done it, too, and they was most amazing good.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for amazing



causing wonder or astonishmentamazing feats
Derived Formsamazingly, adverb


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 amazing

early 15c., "stupefactive;" 1590s, "dreadful;" present participle adjective from amaze. Sense of "wonderful" is recorded from 1704. Related: Amazingly.



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.

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