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daze

[deyz] /deɪz/
verb (used with object), dazed, dazing.
1.
to stun or stupefy with a blow, shock, etc.:
He was dazed by a blow on the head.
2.
to overwhelm; dazzle:
The splendor of the palace dazed her.
noun
3.
a dazed condition; state of bemusement:
After meeting the author, I was in a daze for a week.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English dasen (v.) < Old Norse dasa- (as in dasask to become weary); compare Danish dase to doze, mope
Related forms
dazedly
[dey-zid-lee] /ˈdeɪ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
dazedness, noun
half-dazed, adjective
undazed, adjective
undazing, adjective
Synonyms
2. amaze, astound, dumbfound, flabbergast.
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Examples for daze
  • The dance geometrics are complex enough to daze the unmathematical mind.
  • The dance geometries are complex enough to daze the unmathematical mind.
  • Mum was standing on the balcony in a daze, holding me over the railing.
  • To see children lying on the ground in a daze, in a pool of urine with flies buzzing around their heads.
  • He was the boxer who repeatedly used his jab to daze and dazzle.
  • Exhale, inhale, over and over again until the large gymnasium started to sway in a kind of hallucinatory daze.
British Dictionary definitions for daze

daze

/deɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to stun or stupefy, esp by a blow or shock
2.
to bewilder, amaze, or dazzle
noun
3.
a state of stunned confusion or shock (esp in the phrase in a daze)
Derived Forms
dazedly (ˈdeɪzɪdlɪ) adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse dasa-, as in dasask to grow weary
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Word Origin and History for daze
daze
early 14c., dasen, from O.N. *dasa. Not found in other Gmc. languages. Perhaps originally "to make weary with cold," which is the sense of Icelandic dasask (from the O.N. word). The noun meaning "a dazed condition" is from 1825.
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