dazzle

[daz-uhl]

verb (used with object), daz·zled, daz·zling.

to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
to impress deeply; astonish with delight: The glorious palace dazzled him.

verb (used without object), daz·zled, daz·zling.

noun

an act or instance of dazzling: the dazzle of the spotlights.
something that dazzles.

Origin of dazzle

First recorded in 1475–85; daze + -le
Related formsdaz·zler, noundaz·zling·ly, adverbout·daz·zle, verb (used with object), out·daz·zled, out·daz·zling.o·ver·daz·zle, verb, o·ver·daz·zled, o·ver·daz·zling.un·daz·zled, adjectiveun·daz·zling, adjective

Synonyms for dazzle

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Contemporary Examples of dazzling

Historical Examples of dazzling

  • And there was the dazzling thought of going to Felix or Doucet with credit unlimited.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It fell as lightning falls, swift, keen, dazzling the eyes of all who watched.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Heaven and earth were revealed again for a dazzling white second.

  • I can see better there than in the dazzling brilliancy of honours.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Each pilgrimage was granted its share of the dazzling resplendency.


British Dictionary definitions for dazzling

dazzling

adjective

so bright as to blind someone temporarily
extremely clever, attractive, or impressive; brilliant; amazing
Derived Formsdazzlingly, adverb

dazzle

verb

(usually tr) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
to amaze, as with brillianceshe was dazzled by his wit; she dazzles in this film

noun

bright light that dazzles
bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etcthe dazzle of fame
Derived Formsdazzler, noun

Word Origin for dazzle

C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzling

dazzle

v.

late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

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