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hazy

[hey-zee]
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adjective, ha·zi·er, ha·zi·est.
  1. characterized by the presence of haze; misty: hazy weather.
  2. lacking distinctness or clarity; vague; indefinite; obscure; confused: a hazy idea.
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Origin of hazy

1615–25; earlier hawsey, metathetic variant of Middle English *haswy, Old English haswig ashen, dusky. See haze1, -y1
Related formsha·zi·ly, adverbha·zi·ness, nounun·ha·zi·ly, adverbun·ha·zi·ness, nounun·ha·zy, adjective

Synonyms

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1. foggy, smoggy, overcast.
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Examples from the Web for hazier

Historical Examples

  • He found when he came into the warm house that he was hazier than he had believed.

    Babbitt

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Not only so, but words develope themselves into the leaders of thought; and hazy speaking engenders a hazier thinking still.

  • In Mr. Wilson it was transfigured, his friends would say into a higher and his foes into a hazier thing.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton


British Dictionary definitions for hazier

hazy

adjective -zier or -ziest
  1. characterized by reduced visibility; misty
  2. indistinct; vague
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Derived Formshazily, adverbhaziness, noun

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hazier

hazy

adj.

1620s, hawsey, nautical, of unknown origin. Some connect it with German hase "hare," an animal which plays an important part in Germanic folklore, with many supernatural and unlucky aspects in medieval times (among the superstitions: a dead hare should not be brought aboard a fishing ship, and the word hare should not be spoken at sea). Another suggestion is Old English hasu, haswe "gray." Related: Hazily; haziness.

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