[ daz-uhl ]
/ ˈdæz əl /

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.


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

Nearby words

  1. daywork,
  2. daze,
  3. dazed,
  4. dazedly,
  5. dazibao,
  6. dazzling,
  7. db,
  8. dba,
  9. dbe,
  10. dbh

Origin of dazzle

First recorded in 1475–85; daze + -le

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for dazzling


/ (ˈdæzlɪŋ) /


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


/ (ˈdæzəl) /


(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


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



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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