verb (used with object), glazed, glaz·ing.

verb (used without object), glazed, glaz·ing.

to become glazed or glassy: Their eyes glazed over as the lecturer droned on.
(of a grinding wheel) to lose abrasive quality through polishing of the surface from wear.


Origin of glaze

1325–75; Middle English glasen, derivative of glas glass
Related formsglaz·i·ly, adverbglaz·i·ness, nounre·glaze, verb (used with object), re·glazed, re·glaz·ing.sem·i·glaze, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) to fit or cover with glass
(tr) ceramics to cover with a vitreous solution, rendering impervious to liquid and smooth to the touch
(tr) to cover (a painting) with a layer of semitransparent colour to modify the tones
(tr) to cover (foods) with a shiny coating by applying beaten egg, sugar, etc
(tr) to make glossy or shiny
(when intr, often foll by over) to become or cause to become glassyhis eyes were glazing over


  1. a vitreous or glossy coating
  2. the substance used to produce such a coating
a semitransparent coating applied to a painting to modify the tones
a smooth lustrous finish on a fabric produced by applying various chemicals
something used to give a glossy surface to foodsa syrup glaze
Derived Formsglazed, adjectiveglazer, nounglazy, adjective

Word Origin for glaze

C14 glasen, from glas glass
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Word Origin and History for glaze

mid-14c., glasen "to fit with glass," from glas (see glass), probably influenced by glazier. Noun sense of "substance used to make a glossy coating" is first attested 1784; in reference to ice, from 1752. Related: Glazed; glazing.

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