Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • A strain of medical marijuana.

    January 15, 2010

  • All hands were called to "come up and see it rain," and kept on deck hour after hour in a drenching rain, standing round the deck so far apart so as to prevent our talking with one another, with our tarpaulins and oil-cloth jackets on, picking old rope to pieces, or laying up gaskets and robands. This was often done, too, when we were lying in port with two anchors down, and no necessity for more than one man on deck as a lookout. This is what is called "hazing" a crew, and "working their old iron up."

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 14

    September 6, 2008

  • HAZE - a contraction.
    Usage: "Is Bubba smart?" "Nah...haze ignert. He ain't thanked but a
    minnit'n 'is laf."

    April 8, 2008