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[feyz] /feɪz/
verb (used with object), fazed, fazing.
to cause to be disturbed or disconcerted; daunt:
The worst insults cannot faze him.
Origin of faze
1820-30, Americanism; dial. form of feeze
Can be confused
faze, phase.
disconcert, discomfit, perturb, fluster, confound. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for faze
  • Still, the thought of a six-week recuperation did not faze her.
  • So the work required for a graduate degree in history, he says, didn't faze him.
  • None of this, however, seems to faze the president himself.
  • The size of a meal does not faze these large snakes.
  • Even being trampled by kids or dogs or run over by a lawnmower doesn't faze them for long.
  • The current lack of good quality programming doesn't faze the leaders of this up-and-coming company.
  • But the reaction apparently did not faze the board, which has.
  • Living in the shadow of such a horrendous catastrophe didn't faze us.
  • While that did not faze me, it may have had an effect on others.
  • The fact that torture diminishes the nation's standing doesn't seem to faze them.
British Dictionary definitions for faze


(transitive) to disconcert; worry; disturb
Word Origin
C19: variant of feeze
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Word Origin and History for faze

1830, American English variant of Kentish dialect feeze "to frighten, alarm, discomfit" (mid-15c.), from Old English fesian, fysian "drive away," from Proto-Germanic *fausjanan (cf. Swedish fösa "drive away," Norwegian föysa). Related: Fazed; fazing.

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

fay 1


A white person; honky, peckerwood

[1920s+ Black; fr ofay]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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