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 haziness

Historical Examples of haziness

  • Light had banished the haziness from his eye, and his step was a good deal firmer.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • They stared at him and the haziness cleared a little as he saw they did not understand.

  • His haziness in connection with the matter extends even to his illustration.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile

  • Jacinta turned to her with the colour in her cheeks and a haziness in her eyes.

    For Jacinta

    Harold Bindloss

  • Noun one might recognise, but there is a haziness about La Petite Fadette.

    Old Friends

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for haziness


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 haziness



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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