verb (used with or without object), hazed, haz·ing.
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Origin of haze1
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OTHER WORDS FROM hazehazeless, adjective
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Definition for haze (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), hazed, haz·ing.
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What else does haze mean?
Where does haze come from?
The controversial practice known as hazing has been around since at least the mid-19th century. The origins of the word hazing are uncertain (could be from a French root for “harass”), but it is thought that the practice started on ships where captains would haze new members of the crew by making them do meaningless, backbreaking work, like de-threading rope.
By 1848, upperclassmen on university campuses like Harvard would haze, or force all kinds of horrible tasks upon, underclassmen. Early printed uses of this expression usually involve disciplinary hearings for this kind of behavior … yet, it continued.
The drug haze was popularized by Jimi Hendrix on his rock classic “Purple Haze” in 1967. The song is often taken as a description of being on an acid trip. He famously performed the track at the Monterey International Pop Festival that year, and the name Purple Haze became associated with psychedelic drugs ever since.
In the 1970s, the conveniently named Haze brothers began developing a potent (“dank”) strain of weed, a sativa that they dubbed Haze. That story sounds too good to be true, but growers from the U.S. brought seeds of such a strain to Amsterdam by the 1980s, where it was crossed with others to create weed like Lemon Haze.
References to haze weed emerged in hip-hop music in the 1990s, such as in Cypress Hill’s 1998 “High Times.” From there, haze became shorthand for marijuana generally, not just the specific haze weed strain.
How is haze used in real life?
Haze often refers to smoggy conditions and skies that are smoky from fires.
It’s also still used as a word for marijuana, both specific strains and pot, more generally. People use it as a noun (e.g., I picked up a quarter of some good haze the other day) or adjective (e.g., haze weed). People will often use haze to describe the smoky environments that stoners hang out in too.
Hazing continues on high school and on college campuses, especially when joining teams, clubs, or other organizations like fraternities and sororities. Many have died from hazing, often as the result of alcohol poisoning or beatings, as many hazing rituals involve excessive drinking or physical abuse. Florida A&M marching band member Robert Champion notably, and tragically, died from hazing in 2011, which helped thrust the problem of hazing into the public spotlight.
More examples of haze:
“What they’re hoping is I’ll go away…I won’t go away. They didn’t just haze my son. They killed my son.”
—Deborah Tipton’ quoted by John Hechinger, Bloomberg, September, 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for haze
The thin haze of clouds parted as we entered a valley deep in the Monashee Mountains of southeast British Columbia.
As I type this, smoky air from the Sierra Nevada mountains is pouring into San Francisco, casting a deep orange haze across the city, as well as much of the American west.
Look closely and you can see that the haze is divided into dozens of layers.These Images Expose the Dark Side of the Solar System - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Corey S. Powell|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
Within days, the haze caught a westerly wind, casting fine particles through the air as far as El Cajon.
“I personally think that his performance is unbelievable,” says Haze.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'|Marlow Stern|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not according to Haze, who is decidedly Zen about his Method approach to Ballard.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco|Melissa Leon|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The model Ireland Baldwin is less ambiguous but even more defiant when it comes to her relationship with the rapper Angel Haze.Cara Delevingne, Ireland Baldwin, and How Sexually Uninhibited Models Are Bucking the Male Gaze|Amanda Marcotte|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With the country sinking ever further into a prescription drug-induced haze, one state has decided to fight back.Prescription Drugs More Deadly Than Car Accidents, Guns, and Suicide|Charlotte Lytton|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After lunch, I entered a mental haze: reaction times dropped 12% and short-term memory 11%.How to Use Your Lunch Hour for Better Productivity, Without Ever Taking a Bite|Gregory Ferenstein|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The belated moon stole up from its lair, hovered above the sky-line, a gaudy orange sphere in the haze of smoke.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
At ten o'clock a very thick haze spread over the land and so enveloped it that nothing could be distinguished.
Clouds of haze moved around, and when the moon came up she seemed to be glowering from her shroud.The Chequers|James Runciman
A pallid haze breathes wanly on the surface of the impassive sky.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The upper edge of the sun was just visible above the horizon, gleaming through the haze like a speck of ruddy fire.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for haze (1 of 2)
- reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
- the moisture or dust causing this
Word Origin for haze
British Dictionary definitions for haze (2 of 2)
Derived forms of hazehazer, noun
Word Origin for haze
Idioms and Phrases with haze
see in a fog (haze).