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[deyz] /deɪz/
verb (used with object), dazed, dazing.
to stun or stupefy with a blow, shock, etc.:
He was dazed by a blow on the head.
to overwhelm; dazzle:
The splendor of the palace dazed her.
a dazed condition; state of bemusement:
After meeting the author, I was in a daze for a week.
Origin of daze
1275-1325; Middle English dasen (v.) < Old Norse dasa- (as in dasask to become weary); compare Danish dase to doze, mope
Related forms
[dey-zid-lee] /ˈdeɪ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
dazedness, noun
half-dazed, adjective
undazed, adjective
undazing, adjective
2. amaze, astound, dumbfound, flabbergast. Unabridged
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  • Rosie, dazed and crushed, stood where she was until the car disappeared.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • But Andrew, walking like one dazed, had crossed the room slowly.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • When Mr. Codling was told, he stood for a moment as if dazed, and then asked to be led to Sarah's bedside.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • She stood an instant holding them in her hand, a dazed expression on her face.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The face of Garay paled again, and he gazed at Robert in a sort of dazed fashion.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for dazed


verb (transitive)
to stun or stupefy, esp by a blow or shock
to bewilder, amaze, or dazzle
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 dazed



early 14c., dasen, perhaps from Old Norse *dasa (cf. dasask "to become weary," with reflexive suffix -sk). Or perhaps from Middle Dutch dasen "act silly." Perhaps originally "to make weary with cold," which is the sense of Icelandic dasask (from the Old Norse word). Related: Dazed.


"a dazed condition," 1825, from daze (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dazed



  1. Confused: dazed and confused really is redundant
  2. Intoxicated
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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