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daze Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally
    shock; stupor.
    • his mother's death left him in a daze
    • he was numb with shock
  2. noun confusion characterized by lack of clarity
    haze; fog.
  3. verb to cause someone to lose clear vision, especially from intense light
    dazzle; bedazzle.
    • She was dazzled by the bright headlights
  4. verb overcome as with astonishment or disbelief
    bedaze; stun.
    • The news stunned her

Daze transitive verb
OE. dasen, prob. from Icel. dasask to become weary, a reflexive verb; cf. Sw. dasa to lie idle, and OD. daesen to be foolish, insane, daes, dwaes, D. dwaas, foolish, insane, AS. dws, dysig, stupid. . Cf. Dizzy, Doze.
imperfect & past participle Dazed ; present participle & verbal noun Dazing
  1. To stupefy with excess of light; with a blow, with cold, or with fear; to confuse; to benumb.
    While flashing beams do daze his feeble eyen. Spenser.
    Such souls, Whose sudden visitations daze the world. Sir H. Taylor.
    He comes out of the room in a dazed state, that is an odd though a sufficient substitute for interest. Dickens.
Daze noun
  1. The state of being dazed; as, he was in a daze. Colloq.
  2. (Mining) A glittering stone.

Webster 1913