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

  • noun Atmospheric moisture, dust, smoke, and vapor that diminishes visibility.
  • noun A partially opaque covering.
  • noun A vague or confused state of mind.
  • intransitive verb To become misty or hazy; blur.
  • transitive verb To persecute or harass with meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks.
  • transitive verb To initiate, as into a college fraternity, by exacting humiliating performances from or playing rough practical jokes upon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be hazy, or thick with haze.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A state of confusion, uncertainty, or vagueness of thought or perception.
  • transitive verb To harass by exacting unnecessary, disagreeable, or difficult work.
  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
  • noun uncountable A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
  • noun An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent.
  • noun uncountable, figuratively Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
  • noun uncountable, engineering The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
  • noun countable, brewing Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
  • verb US, informal 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.
  • verb To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.

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

  • verb harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
  • verb become hazy, dull, or cloudy
  • noun atmospheric moisture or dust or smoke that causes reduced visibility
  • noun confusion characterized by lack of clarity


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

[Probably back-formation from hazy.]

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

[Perhaps from obsolete haze, to frighten, from obsolete French haser, to annoy, from Old French.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly from hawze ("terrify, frighten, confound"), from Middle French haser ("irritate, annoy")


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