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[greyz] /greɪz/
verb (used with object), grazed, grazing.
1.
to touch or rub lightly in passing.
2.
to scrape the skin from; abrade:
The bullet just grazed his shoulder.
verb (used without object), grazed, grazing.
3.
to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing:
to graze against a rough wall.
noun
4.
a grazing; a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
5.
a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing; abrasion.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; perhaps special use of graze1; for the semantic shift compare French effleurer, derivative of fleur flower, in the same meaning
Related forms
grazer, noun
grazingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for grazingly

graze1

/ɡreɪz/
verb
1.
to allow (animals) to consume the vegetation on (an area of land), or (of animals, esp cows and sheep) to feed thus
2.
(transitive) to tend (livestock) while at pasture
3.
(informal) to eat snacks throughout the day rather than formal meals
4.
(South African, informal) to eat
5.
(intransitive) (informal) to switch between television channels while viewing without watching any channel for long
6.
(US) to pilfer and eat sweets, vegetables, etc, from supermarket shelves while shopping
noun
7.
(South African, informal) a snack; something to eat
Word Origin
Old English grasian, from græsgrass; related to Old High German grasōn, Dutch grazen, Norwegian grasa

graze2

/ɡreɪz/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by against or along. to brush or scrape (against) gently, esp in passing
2.
(transitive) to break the skin of (a part of the body) by scraping
noun
3.
the act of grazing
4.
a scrape or abrasion made by grazing
Derived Forms
grazer, noun
grazingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: probably special use of graze1; related to Swedish gräsa
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Word Origin and History for grazingly

graze

v.

"to feed," Old English grasian "to feed on grass," from græs "grass" (see grass). Cf. Middle Dutch, Middle High German grasen, Dutch grazen, German grasen. Figurative use by 1570s. Related: Grazed; grazing.

"to touch," c.1600, perhaps a transferred sense from graze (v.1) via a notion of cropping grass right down to the ground (cf. German grasen "to feed on grass," used in military sense in reference to cannonballs that rebound off the ground). Related: Grazed; grazing. As a noun from 1690s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grazingly

graze

verb

To eat small amounts often: ''I don't eat meals,'' she said. ''I graze all day long''/ Cindy Crawford grazing at the salad bar (1980s+)


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