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dazzle

[daz-uh l] /ˈdæz əl/
verb (used with object), dazzled, dazzling.
1.
to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light:
He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
2.
to impress deeply; astonish with delight:
The glorious palace dazzled him.
verb (used without object), dazzled, dazzling.
3.
to shine or reflect brilliantly:
gems dazzling in the sunlight.
4.
to be overpowered by light:
Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
5.
to excite admiration by brilliance:
Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
noun
6.
an act or instance of dazzling:
the dazzle of the spotlights.
7.
something that dazzles.
Origin of dazzle
1475-1485
1475-85; daze + -le
Related forms
dazzler, noun
dazzlingly, adverb
outdazzle, verb (used with object), outdazzled, outdazzling.
overdazzle, verb, overdazzled, overdazzling.
undazzled, adjective
undazzling, adjective
Synonyms
2. awe, overwhelm, overpower, stupefy.
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Examples from the Web for dazzler
Historical Examples
  • The chain flew out with startling rapidity and brought the dazzler to rest.

  • The dazzler tacked about and began to work in toward the north shore.

  • The wind was blowing from the north in mild squalls, and the dazzler cut noiselessly through the landlocked water.

  • This threw the whole weight of the dazzler on the chain-anchor.

  • Everything was in readiness to give the dazzler the jib, and go.

  • So he, too, began to experience a keen interest in the escape of the dazzler.

  • Mr. Lumbey shook his head with great solemnity, as though to imply that he supposed she must have been rather a dazzler.

  • He frowned, got up from where he had been sunning himself on top of the dazzler's cabin, and kicked off his heavy rubber boots.

  • Joe did not know what to say, and an oppressive silence, broken only by the churn of the dazzler's forefoot, fell upon them.

  • Only that very morning he had been a school-boy, and now he was a sailor, shipped on the dazzler and bound he knew not whither.

British Dictionary definitions for dazzler

dazzle

/ˈdæzəl/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
2.
to amaze, as with brilliance: she was dazzled by his wit, she dazzles in this film
noun
3.
bright light that dazzles
4.
bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etc: the dazzle of fame
Derived Forms
dazzler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzler

dazzle

v.

late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dazzler

dazzle

Related Terms

razzle-dazzle

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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