from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Atmospheric moisture, dust, smoke, and vapor that diminishes visibility.
- n. A partially opaque covering: Let the polish dry to a haze before buffing it.
- n. A vague or confused state of mind.
- intransitive v. To become misty or hazy; blur.
- transitive v. To persecute or harass with meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks.
- transitive v. To initiate, as into a college fraternity, by exacting humiliating performances from or playing rough practical jokes upon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To perform an unpleasant initiation ritual upon a usually non-consenting individual, especially freshmen to a closed community such as a college or military unit.
- v. To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.
- n. Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
- n. A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
- n. An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent.
- n. Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
- n. The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
- n. Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Light vapor or smoke in the air which more or less impedes vision, with little or no dampness; a lack of transparency in the air; hence, figuratively, obscurity; dimness.
- n. A state of confusion, uncertainty, or vagueness of thought or perception.
- intransitive v. To be hazy, or thick with haze.
- transitive v. To harass by exacting unnecessary, disagreeable, or difficult work.
- transitive v. To harass or annoy by playing abusive or shameful tricks upon; to humiliate by practical jokes; -- used esp. of college students, as an initiation rite into a fraternity or other group.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The aggregation of a countless multitude of extremely minute and even ultra-microscopic particles in the air, individually invisible, but producing in the aggregate an opaqueness of the atmosphere.
- To drizzle.
- To be or become foggy or hazy.
- To harass with labor; punish with unnecessary work, as a seaman.
- To play mischievous or abusive tricks on; try the pluck or temper of, especially by physical persecution, as lower-class students in a college or new-comers in an establishment of any kind.
- To frolic; lark.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
- v. become hazy, dull, or cloudy
- n. atmospheric moisture or dust or smoke that causes reduced visibility
- n. confusion characterized by lack of clarity
Probably back-formation from hazy.
Perhaps from obsolete haze, to frighten, from obsolete French haser, to annoy, from Old French.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from hawze ("terrify, frighten, confound"), from Middle French haser ("irritate, annoy") (Wiktionary)