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 *funsijaną (“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”).
- (informal) To frighten or cause hesitation; to daunt, put off (usually used in the negative), to perturb, to disconcert.
- Jumping out of an airplane does not faze him, yet he is afraid to ride a roller coaster.
2017 November 10, Daniel Taylor, “Youthful England earn draw with Germany but Lingard rues late miss”, in The Guardian (London):
- Southgate should be absolutely clear now that Pickford is not fazed by the big occasion but, on the flip-side, he might not be too thrilled his goalkeeper was involved so much.
- Citations for faze in the Oxford English Dictionary start in 1830; usage was established by 1890.
- The word phase is sometimes used incorrectly for faze; such notables as The New York Times and Mark Twain have made this error. This sometimes leads to the supposition that faze is an uneducated spelling of phase; they are distinct terms.