WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
haz•er  (hāzər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta person or thing that hazes.
  2. Sporta horse rider who assists in rodeo bulldogging by riding on the opposite side of the steer as the competing cowboy to keep the steer running in a straight path.
  • haze2 + -er1 1895–1900

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
haze1 /heɪz/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  hazed, haz•ing. 
  1. Meteorologya mass or collection in the atmosphere of very fine, widely spread solid or liquid particles that give the air a milky white appearance: [countable;  usually singular]a haze of smoke from his pipe.[uncountable]The mountain was barely visible through the haze.
  2. a confused state of mind;
    daze:[countable;  singular]After the accident the victims were still in a haze.

v. [no object]
  1. to become hazy:The sky hazed over.

haze2 /heɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], hazed, haz•ing. 
  1. to force to perform pointless or humiliating tasks:college seniors hazing freshmen.
haz•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
haze1  (hāz),USA pronunciation n., v.,  hazed, haz•ing. n. 
  1. Meteorologyan aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.
  2. vagueness or obscurity, as of the mind or perception;
    confused or vague thoughts, feelings, etc.:The victims were still in a haze and couldn't describe the accident.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. to make or become hazy.
hazeless, adj. 
  • 1700–10; perh. noun, nominal use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  cloud. 

haze2  (hāz),USA pronunciation v.t.,  hazed, haz•ing. 
  1. to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
  2. [Chiefly Naut.]to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
  • Middle French haser to irritate, annoy
  • 1670–80


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