faze

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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faze ‎(third-person singular simple present fazes, present participle fazing, simple past and past participle fazed)

  1. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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;[1] 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.

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  1. ^ Faze/Phase”, Brians, Paul Common Errors in English Usage, (2nd Edition, November 17, 2008), William, James & Company, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-59028207-6