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 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)

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 dazing



"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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