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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

Synonyms for daze

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Related Words for dazing

stupor, mystify, paralyze, dazzle, stun, dumbfound, bewilder, overwhelm, befuddle, puzzle, astound, distract, muddle, confound, amaze, startle, dizzy, astonish, perplex, stupefy

Examples from the Web for dazing

Historical Examples of dazing

  • Not any physical impact—no, something which was dazing but still immaterial.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • Something like vertigo, a dazing, a loss of all the faculties.

    The Mesmerist's Victim

    Alexandre Dumas

  • She picked it up, and applied herself for a while to its dazing infinitives.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • Just after her death he was as a man stricken by some dazing mental affection.

  • His speech was interrupted by a dazing, deafening tumult of sound.

    The Air Trust

    George Allan England

British Dictionary definitions for dazing


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 for daze

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



"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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