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verb (used with object), daz·zled, daz·zling.
  1. to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
  2. to impress deeply; astonish with delight: The glorious palace dazzled him.
verb (used without object), daz·zled, daz·zling.
  1. to shine or reflect brilliantly: gems dazzling in the sunlight.
  2. to be overpowered by light: Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
  3. to excite admiration by brilliance: Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
  1. an act or instance of dazzling: the dazzle of the spotlights.
  2. 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

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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


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


  1. (usually tr) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
  2. to amaze, as with brillianceshe was dazzled by his wit; she dazzles in this film
  1. bright light that dazzles
  2. 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



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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