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[hey-zee] /ˈheɪ zi/
adjective, hazier, haziest.
characterized by the presence of haze; misty:
hazy weather.
lacking distinctness or clarity; vague; indefinite; obscure; confused:
a hazy idea.
Origin of hazy
1615-25; earlier hawsey, metathetic variant of Middle English *haswy, Old English haswig ashen, dusky. See haze1, -y1
Related forms
hazily, adverb
haziness, noun
unhazily, adverb
unhaziness, noun
unhazy, adjective
1. foggy, smoggy, overcast. Unabridged
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  • hazily he looked from her to the littered shelves, and reached for the first object upon which his eyes happened to fall.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • Now, at last, he had no cunning, and he was hazily conscious of his ineffectiveness.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • "Still, I don't think there is any doubt in the world how it is all going to end," he said hazily.

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
  • Hours later, Lancaster was hazily aware of lying stretched on the floor.

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  • It was and is hazily associated with the negation of religion.

  • "Us goes up to heaven in a whirlpool and has an awful doom," said Peter hazily.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • I saw but hazily what the keen instinct of the hunchback saw so well,—all the possibilities of disaster.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • hazily I became aware that the dark room was become flooded with figures.

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
  • It impressed him, hazily, as just the very hat to look ripping on an ash-blonde.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for hazily


adjective -zier, -ziest
characterized by reduced visibility; misty
indistinct; vague
Derived Forms
hazily, adverb
haziness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hazily



1620s, hawsey, nautical, of unknown origin. Some connect it with German hase "hare," an animal which plays an important part in Germanic folklore, with many supernatural and unlucky aspects in medieval times (among the superstitions: a dead hare should not be brought aboard a fishing ship, and the word hare should not be spoken at sea). Another suggestion is Old English hasu, haswe "gray." Related: Hazily; haziness.

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