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[heyz] /heɪz/
an aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.
vagueness or obscurity, as of the mind or perception; confused or vague thoughts, feelings, etc.:
The victims were still in a haze and couldn't describe the accident.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), hazed, hazing.
to make or become hazy.
Origin of haze1
1700-10; perhaps noun use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare
Related forms
hazeless, adjective
2. See cloud.


[heyz] /heɪz/
verb (used with object), hazed, hazing.
to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
Chiefly Nautical. to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
1670-80; < Middle French haser to irritate, annoy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for haze
  • Scar tissue, formed from cells in the white part of the eye, can cover the cornea in a cloudy haze.
  • Sun peeking through the haze and the flotilla of big, grey clouds.
  • Seeing them in print now has that vague quality of the numb haze after too much wine the late night before.
  • Winter is a good time for stargazing because the haze caused by summer's humidity in many parts of the country is gone.
  • Smog cloaks cities, reducing the sky to little more than a blue patch amid a blanket of haze.
  • Tall and slender, this perennial sways in the wind and delivers a lovely blue haze of flowers through much of summer.
  • The sky is thick with gray haze and one can smell burning forests.
  • Instead they found themselves staring into a thick brown haze.
  • And the lavender isn't the haze of blue the way it was a few months ago.
  • Secret weapons research is surrounded by a haze of speculation, misinformation and fantasy at the best of times.
British Dictionary definitions for haze


  1. reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
  2. the moisture or dust causing this
obscurity of perception, feeling, etc
when intr, often foll by over. to make or become hazy
Word Origin
C18: back formation from hazy


verb (transitive)
(mainly US & Canadian) to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
(nautical) to harass with humiliating tasks
Derived Forms
hazer, noun
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for haze

"subject to cruel horseplay," 1850, American English student slang, from earlier nautical sense of "punish by keeping at unpleasant and unnecessary hard work" (1840), perhaps from hawze "terrify, frighten, confound" (1670s), from Middle French haser "irritate, annoy" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Hazed; hazing.

All hands were called to "come up and see it rain," and kept on deck hour after hour in a drenching rain, standing round the deck so far apart as to prevent our talking with one another, with our tarpaulins and oil-cloth jackets on, picking old rope to pieces or laying up gaskets and robands. This was often done, too, when we were lying in port with two anchors down, and no necessity for more than one man on deck as a look-out. This is what is called "hazing" a crew, and "working their old iron up." [Dana, "Two Years before the Mast," 1842]


1706, probably a back-formation of hazy. Sense of "confusion, vagueness" is 1797. The English differentiation of haze, mist, fog (and other dialectal words) is unmatched in other tongues, where the same word generally covers all three and often "cloud" as well, and this may be seen as an effect of the English climate on the language.

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