from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To disrupt the composure of; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To frighten or cause hesitation; to daunt, put off (usually used in the negative), to perturb, to disconcert.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to become disconcerted or disturbed. A variant form of feeze.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disturb;
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. disturb the composure of
Middle English fesen, to drive away, frighten, from Old English fēsian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From English dialectal (Kentish) feeze, feese ("to frighten, alarm, discomfit"), from Middle English fesen ("to drive away, frighten away, put to flight"), from Old English fēsan, fȳsan ("to send forth, impel, stimulate, drive away, put into flight, banish, hasten, prepare oneself"), from Proto-Germanic *funsijanan (“to predispose, make favourable, make ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *pent- (“to walk, go”). Cognate with Old Saxon fūsian ("to strive"), Old Norse fýsa ("to drive, goad, admonish"). (Wiktionary)