verb (used with object), dazed, daz·ing.

to stun or stupefy with a blow, shock, etc.: He was dazed by a blow on the head.
to overwhelm; dazzle: The splendor of the palace dazed her.


a dazed condition; state of bemusement: After meeting the author, I was in a daze for a week.

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

Synonyms for daze

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Examples from the Web for dazedly

Historical Examples of dazedly

  • "He apologizes for coming in with a weapon in his hand," I said, dazedly.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • After it was all over: "But I was going first," old man Minick said, dazedly.


    Edna Ferber

  • Gustavo regarded it dazedly; then, since it seemed to be expected, he gingerly presented his own.


    Jean Webster

  • A voice was calling, and Houston stirred, dazedly obedient to its command.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • Dazedly, his head ringing, Drew slipped to the floor as the other released him.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

British Dictionary definitions for dazedly


verb (tr)

to stun or stupefy, esp by a blow or shock
to bewilder, amaze, or dazzle


a state of stunned confusion or shock (esp in the phrase in a daze)
Derived Formsdazedly (ˈdeɪzɪdlɪ), adverb

Word Origin for daze

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



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



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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