[ hey-zing ]
/ ˈheɪ zɪŋ /


subjection to harassment or ridicule.

Origin of hazing

First recorded in 1815–25; haze2 + -ing1

Definition for hazing (2 of 3)

[ heyz ]
/ heɪz /


an aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.
vagueness or obscurity, as of the mind or perception; confused or vague thoughts, feelings, etc.: The victims were still in a haze and couldn't describe the accident.

verb (used with or without object), hazed, haz·ing.

to make or become hazy.

Origin of haze

1700–10; perhaps noun use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare


haze·less, adjective

Definition for hazing (3 of 3)

[ heyz ]
/ heɪz /

verb (used with object), hazed, haz·ing.

to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
Chiefly Nautical. to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.

Origin of haze

First recorded in 1670–80, haze is from the Middle French word haser to irritate, annoy
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British Dictionary definitions for hazing (1 of 2)

/ (heɪz) /


  1. reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
  2. the moisture or dust causing this
obscurity of perception, feeling, etc


(when intr, often foll by over) to make or become hazy

Word Origin for haze

C18: back formation from hazy

British Dictionary definitions for hazing (2 of 2)

/ (heɪz) /

verb (tr)

mainly US and Canadian to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
nautical to harass with humiliating tasks

Derived forms of haze

hazer, noun

Word Origin for haze

C17: of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with hazing


see in a fog (haze).

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