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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 of hazy
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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  • Yet hazy as his opinions in many respects were, it is easy to trace through his whole career a tolerably consistent principle.

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  • But do give me a moment, everything is all so whirling and hazy.

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  • Before that combustion of hazy ideas called comprehension can take place, air must be admitted between the emotions.

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  • Bill Bryant now discerned the hazy outline of a moving figure.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • The day was hazy, threatening rain; mists rising from the ground made it impossible to see clearly for any great distance.

    The Note-Book of an Attache Eric Fisher Wood
British Dictionary definitions for hazy

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 hazy
adj.

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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