Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stun, as with a heavy blow or shock; stupefy.
  • transitive v. To dazzle, as with strong light.
  • n. A stunned or bewildered condition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being dazed;
  • n. A glittering stone.
  • v. To stupefy with excess of light; with a blow, with cold, or with fear; to confuse; to benumb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stupefy with excess of light; with a blow, with cold, or with fear; to confuse; to benumb.
  • n. The state of being dazed.
  • n. A glittering stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stun or stupefy, as with a blow or strong drink; blind, as by excess of light; confuse or bewilder, as by a shock.
  • To spoil, as bread or meat when badly baked or roasted.
  • To be stunned or stupefied; look confused.
  • To be blinded or confused, as by excess of light.
  • To wither; become rotten.
  • n. The state of being stunned, stupefied, or confused.
  • n. In mining, a glittering stone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to cause someone to lose clear vision, especially from intense light
  • v. overcome as with astonishment or disbelief
  • n. confusion characterized by lack of clarity
  • n. the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally

Etymologies

Middle English dasen, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse dasask, to become weary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Fifteen minutes in daze looking at tickets, five minutes to get taxi, fifteen minutes to pack and be ready for taxi, five minutes to check out, twenty minute drive, etc.

    My Midwinter Mistakes...

  • "Binbin-daze" is an affectionate name meaning "Mr. Boing Boing" in reference to a young man's penis that is always on the verge of erection.

    Boing Boing: July 10, 2005 - July 16, 2005 Archives

  • So strange was she, so in daze and amaze and far-seeing were her eyes, that I was reminded of the lepers I had seen healed in Samaria.

    Chapter 17

  • Back in our hippie days -- I always feel as if maybe I should spell that latter word "daze" -- one of our touchstone books was Be Here Now, by Ram Dass aka Richard Alpert.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • I've stopped crying all the time about it and walking round in a depressed daze, which is a blessing.

    \"I'm at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by...it's alright cuz I'm Saved by the Bell\"

  • What she could still hold whole in her daze were the small hopes.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • I've been in a weird kind of daze ... the other day I wrote about 4,000 words (some of them transcribed from an earlier draft of RESURRECTION CODE, mind you,) which is still absolutely insane for me.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Denver Art Museum and The Anschutz Collection 'Long Jakes, "The Rocky Mountain Man"'(1844) Born in Philadelphia, and related through his mother to distinguished families in North Carolina and New York, Deas (pronounced "daze") was initially raised in privileged surroundings.

    Recalled From Obscurity

  •            So Liz was in a kind of daze while Sarah and Tania argued about whether Tania cried.

    Like Flying

  • "In 1967, those of us who saw Bonnie and Clyde in the small towns of North Louisiana walked out of the theaters in a kind of daze - moved, shocked, silent, and perhaps secretly exhilarated."

    GreenCine Daily: Oxford American. Southern Movie Issue.

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