[ meyz ]
/ meɪz /


a confusing network of intercommunicating paths or passages; labyrinth.
any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity: Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
a state of bewilderment or confusion.
a winding movement, as in dancing.

verb (used with object), mazed, maz·ing.

Chiefly Dialect. to daze, perplex, or stupefy.

Nearby words

  1. mazarine,
  2. mazatec,
  3. mazatlán,
  4. mazda,
  5. mazdaism,
  6. mazel tov,
  7. mazer,
  8. mazey,
  9. mazo-,
  10. mazopathia

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mazing

  • "Why, you do look 'mazing grimy," he said with another grin.

    Humphrey Bold|Herbert Strang

British Dictionary definitions for mazing


/ (meɪz) /


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)
a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
any confusing network of streets, pathways, etca maze of paths
a state of confusion


an archaic or dialect word for amaze
Derived Formsmazelike, adjectivemazement, noun

Word Origin for maze

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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