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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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Examples from the web for hazy
  • Often it revolves around acquaintances, alcohol, and hazy recollections.
  • Endless acres of gently undulating farmland drift off towards a hazy horizon.
  • No wonder the general public has only a hazy idea of what an engineer is.
  • More than two dozen timber rattlesnakes were basking in the hazy sunshine, heaped in an area the size of a card table.
  • The answer, appropriately enough for these triple-digit days, is hazy and hotly contested.
  • If he remembers any other country at all, it's at best a few hazy images.
  • Besides that, the scene had a lovely hazy quality, which unfortunately rendered the scene quite flat.
  • The evolutionary relationships between these different groups are hazy however.
  • Its hazy shade seems to tell a story, but when awakened all you can remember is this photo.
  • Before that, the accuracy of the dating technique gets hazy.
British Dictionary definitions for hazy


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 hazy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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