Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To disrupt the composure of; disconcert. synonym: embarrass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To disturb;

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cause to become disconcerted or disturbed. A variant form of feeze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb informal To frighten or cause hesitation; to daunt, put off (usually used in the negative), to perturb, to disconcert.

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

  • verb disturb the composure of

Etymologies

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

[Middle English fesen, to drive away, frighten, from Old English fēsian.]

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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").

Examples

  • n the “Natural Fruit - best quality”: they r very natural na, lol babes, u neva see kolomental?? even 'faze' give okocha one customised 'kolomental' jersey as gift, u need to see how okocha dey shine him teeth, * grins* tho 'it wldnt be a bad idea to see pple with I AM A STANDTALLER's inscribed on their tee-shirts/jerseys instead of FCUK n the rest of dem wat do u say??

    The tops, the names and the adventurer

  • Peter Som , who showed a number of coats with fur sleeves, says such ribbing doesn't faze him.

    Designers Go Wild With Sasquatch Sleeves

  • But none of that appears to faze Mr. Wall, who in recent weeks personally contributed $2.5 million to help plug the current-year deficit and initiated a campaign to raise the balance.

    City Opera Ponders Cuts, Suspends Season

  • Patinkin is a would-be menacing Billy Bigelow who can't faze a more world-weary Julie Jordan, as embodied so nicely here by Lupone.

    Michael Giltz: Theater: "An Evening With Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin"

  • They cannot agree on anything, from shoes to hats, and so I spend a great deal of time wandering about in my lovely new underclothes whilst they bicker; as I am accustomed to the crowded tiring rooms, this lack of privacy does not faze me.

    Exit the Actress

  • After all, if there's anything the one-time college quarterback has shown the Giants this year, it's that there's very little that's going to faze him.

    Giants Have One Bear of a Back

  • Proof of how falling can't faze her is in this clip, which shows Gaga taking a spill at a recent concert stop on her Monster Ball Tour during a performance of the unreleased "You and I."

    VIDEO: If a Gaga Falls Onstage, Does She Stop Making Sounds?

  • The iron did not seem to faze her, but I shivered beneath the challenge in her shadowed eyes: I will give you what you want if you give me what I need . . .

    Brush of Darkness

  • Charles appeared in the hall in eighth grade sporting the first beard, and I acted maturely toward it, as if it did not faze me that he had grown a beard over the summer and that his mother, Gretchen, and his father, Father, had allowed him to do it.

    1974, What I Wanted

  • Which shut up the poor MP, and proved again that nothing can faze Phil the Greek-German-Danish-Brit.

    Simon Hoggart's week: No country for ordinary folk

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