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From earlier hawsey (1625), a nautical term of uncertain origin. Possibly from Middle English *hasi, *haswy, from Old English haswiġ (“grey; ashen; dusky”), from Old English hasu (“dusky; grey; ashen”), from Proto-Germanic *haswaz (“grey”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeh₂s- (“bright grey”), surface analysis as haze + -y; although Modern English haze is more likely a back-formation of hazy.
hazy (comparative hazier, superlative haziest)
- Thick or obscured with haze.
- a hazy view of the polluted city street
- Not clear or transparent.
- Obscure; confused; not clear.
- a hazy argument
- a hazy intellect
- (thick with haze): hazed; see also Thesaurus:nebulous
- (not clear or transparent): blurry, fuzzy, ill-defined; see also Thesaurus:indistinct
- (obscure, confused): ambiguous, equivocal; see also Thesaurus:vague
thick with haze
not clear or transparent
- “hazy”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “hazy”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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