WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Sporta person or thing that hazes.
- 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
- 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.
- a confused state of mind;
daze:[countable; singular]After the accident the victims were still in a haze.
v. [no object]
- to become hazy:The sky hazed over.
haze2 /heɪz/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object], hazed, haz•ing.
- to force to perform pointless or humiliating tasks:college seniors hazing freshmen.
- 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.
- 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.
- to make or become hazy.
- 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.
- to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
- [Chiefly Naut.]to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
- Middle French haser to irritate, annoy