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verb (used with object), dazed, daz·ing.
  1. to stun or stupefy with a blow, shock, etc.: He was dazed by a blow on the head.
  2. to overwhelm; dazzle: The splendor of the palace dazed her.
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  1. a dazed condition; state of bemusement: After meeting the author, I was in a daze for a week.
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Origin of daze

1275–1325; Middle English dasen (v.) < Old Norse dasa- (as in dasask to become weary); compare Danish dase to doze, mope
Related formsdaz·ed·ly [dey-zid-lee] /ˈdeɪ zɪd li/, adverbdaz·ed·ness, nounhalf-dazed, adjectiveun·dazed, adjectiveun·daz·ing, adjective


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  • Soon the table was covered with weapons, selected in a dazed way, he knew not why.


    William J. Locke

  • But Andrew, walking like one dazed, had crossed the room slowly.

  • She stood an instant holding them in her hand, a dazed expression on her face.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The creature looked about him in a dazed, uncomprehending manner.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • To the dazed, feverish girl, the figure seemed to have two pairs of arms.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

British Dictionary definitions for dazed


verb (tr)
  1. to stun or stupefy, esp by a blow or shock
  2. to bewilder, amaze, or dazzle
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  1. a state of stunned confusion or shock (esp in the phrase in a daze)
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Derived Formsdazedly (ˈdeɪzɪdlɪ), adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse dasa-, as in dasask to grow weary
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Word Origin and History for dazed



"a dazed condition," 1825, from daze (v.).

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early 14c., dasen, perhaps from Old Norse *dasa (cf. dasask "to become weary," with reflexive suffix -sk). Or perhaps from Middle Dutch dasen "act silly." Perhaps originally "to make weary with cold," which is the sense of Icelandic dasask (from the Old Norse word). Related: Dazed.

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