hazing

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈheɪzɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hāzing)

From the verb haze: (⇒ conjugate)
hazing is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
haz•ing  (hāzing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. subjection to harassment or ridicule.
  • haze2 + -ing1 1815–25

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
haze1 /heɪz/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  hazed, haz•ing. 
n. 
  1. Meteorologya mass or collection in the atmosphere of very fine, widely spread solid or liquid particles that give the air a milky white appearance: [countable;  usually singular]a haze of smoke from his pipe.[uncountable]The mountain was barely visible through the haze.
  2. a confused state of mind;
    daze:[countable;  singular]After the accident the victims were still in a haze.

v. [no object]
  1. to become hazy:The sky hazed over.

haze2 /heɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], hazed, haz•ing. 
  1. to force to perform pointless or humiliating tasks:college seniors hazing freshmen.
haz•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
haze1  (hāz),USA pronunciation n., v.,  hazed, haz•ing. n. 
  1. Meteorologyan aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.
  2. vagueness or obscurity, as of the mind or perception;
    confused or vague thoughts, feelings, etc.:The victims were still in a haze and couldn't describe the accident.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. to make or become hazy.
hazeless, adj. 
  • 1700–10; perh. noun, nominal use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  cloud. 

haze2  (hāz),USA pronunciation v.t.,  hazed, haz•ing. 
  1. to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
  2. [Chiefly Naut.]to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
  • Middle French haser to irritate, annoy
  • 1670–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
haze /heɪz/ n
  1. reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
  2. obscurity of perception, feeling, etc
vb
  1. when intr, often followed by over: to make or become hazy
Etymology: 18th Century: back formation from hazy
haze /heɪz/ vb (transitive)
  1. chiefly US Canadian to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
  2. to harass with humiliating tasks
Etymology: 17th Century: of uncertain origin
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