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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 hazy

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  • But do give me a moment, everything is all so whirling and hazy.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Bill Bryant now discerned the hazy outline of a moving figure.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The sky that morning was grey with a hazy heat, which veiled the sun.

  • Behind them came the bulldogs, larger warships, hazy blurs in the distance.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • The old man looked at her through a blinding mist in his hazy eyes.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for hazy

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 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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