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  1. a confusing network of intercommunicating paths or passages; labyrinth.
  2. any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity: Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
  3. a state of bewilderment or confusion.
  4. a winding movement, as in dancing.
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verb (used with object), mazed, maz·ing.
  1. Chiefly Dialect. to daze, perplex, or stupefy.
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Origin of maze

1250–1300; Middle English mase, noun use of aphetic variant of amasen to amaze
Related formsmazed·ly [meyzd-lee, mey-zid-] /ˈmeɪzd li, ˈmeɪ zɪd-/, adverbmazed·ness, nounmaze·like, adjectivein·ter·maze, verb (used with object), in·ter·mazed, in·ter·maz·ing.
Can be confusedmaize maze
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  • "Why, you do look 'mazing grimy," he said with another grin.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang

British Dictionary definitions for mazing


  1. a complex network of paths or passages, esp one with high hedges in a garden, designed to puzzle those walking through itCompare labyrinth (def. 1)
  2. a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
  3. any confusing network of streets, pathways, etca maze of paths
  4. a state of confusion
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  1. an archaic or dialect word for amaze
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Derived Formsmazelike, adjectivemazement, noun

Word Origin

C13: see amaze
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Word Origin and History for mazing



c.1300, "delusion, bewilderment" (also as a verb, "stupefy, daze"), possibly from Old English *mæs, which is suggested by the compound amasod "amazed" and verb amasian "to confound, confuse" (see amaze). Perhaps related to Norwegian dialectal mas "exhausting labor," Swedish masa "to be slow or sluggish." Meaning "labyrinth" first recorded late 14c.

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