1 [heyz]
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.

1700–10; perhaps noun use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare

hazeless, adjective

2. See cloud.
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2 [heyz]
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

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haze1 (heɪz)
1.  meteorol
 a.  reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
 b.  the moisture or dust causing this
2.  obscurity of perception, feeling, etc
vb (when intr, often foll by over)
3.  to make or become hazy
[C18: back formation from hazy]

haze2 (heɪz)
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
2.  nautical to harass with humiliating tasks
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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see hazy.

"subject to cruel horseplay," 1850, Amer.Eng. 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 M.Fr. haser "irritate, annoy" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin.
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Idioms & Phrases


see in a fog (haze).

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Example sentences
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.
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