adjective, ha·zi·er, ha·zi·est.

characterized by the presence of haze; misty: hazy weather.
lacking distinctness or clarity; vague; indefinite; obscure; confused: a hazy idea.

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 for hazy

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Examples from the Web for hazily

Contemporary Examples of hazily

Historical Examples of hazily

  • Hours later, Lancaster was hazily aware of lying stretched on the floor.


    Poul William Anderson

  • Now, at last, he had no cunning, and he was hazily conscious of his ineffectiveness.

  • "Us goes up to heaven in a whirlpool and has an awful doom," said Peter hazily.

    Furze the Cruel

    John Trevena

  • It impressed him, hazily, as just the very hat to look ripping on an ash-blonde.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Hazily I became aware that the dark room was become flooded with figures.

British Dictionary definitions for hazily


adjective -zier or -ziest

characterized by reduced visibility; misty
indistinct; vague
Derived Formshazily, adverbhaziness, noun

Word Origin for hazy

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hazily



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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