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hazy

[hey-zee] /ˈheɪ zi/
adjective, hazier, haziest.
1.
characterized by the presence of haze; misty:
hazy weather.
2.
lacking distinctness or clarity; vague; indefinite; obscure; confused:
a hazy idea.
Origin
1615-1625
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
Synonyms
1. foggy, smoggy, overcast.
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British Dictionary definitions for haziness

hazy

/ˈheɪzɪ/
adjective -zier, -ziest
1.
characterized by reduced visibility; misty
2.
indistinct; vague
Derived Forms
hazily, adverb
haziness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for haziness
hazy
1625, hawsey, nautical, of unknown origin. Some connect it with Ger. hase "hare," an animal which plays an important part in Gmc. 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 O.E. hasu, haswe "gray." Haze (n.) is from 1706, probably a back-formation. Sense of "confusion, vagueness" is 1797.The Eng. differentiation of mist, fog, haze is unmatched in other languages (where the same word generally covers all three and often "cloud" as well), and may be a reflection of the Eng. climate.
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