Definition of daze in English:



  • (especially of an emotional or physical shock) make (someone) unable to think or react properly.

    ‘she was dazed by his revelations’
    ‘a dazed expression’
    • ‘It hit her on the forehead, dazing her, but luckily it didn't break.’
    • ‘This dazes him long enough for his attention to flick to something else.’
    • ‘A ball of hail the size of her fist slammed into her back, driving the air from her lungs and knocking her to the ground, the impact dazing her.’
    • ‘Slightly dazed and confused from his fall, Levi recovered his state of mind.’
    • ‘I was dazed, I was confused, even more so than I had been in this whole nightmarish chase.’
    • ‘He was dazed and disoriented so Marian got him to the hospital where he had a major stroke.’
    • ‘The gun's explosion hit James as if it were the bulldozer itself, hammering his ears and dazing him.’
    • ‘He was often dazed and drifted out of his senses while staring emptily into nothingness.’
    • ‘The victim was so dazed from his injuries he was unable to tell police what happened.’
    • ‘We were still dazed from a horribly early start, in spite of the breezy boat ride.’
    • ‘I was completely dazed and shocked and felt that I had been hit on the head.’
    • ‘He was dazed and dreamlike, seemingly unaware of the previous day's events.’
    • ‘The next shot missed as well, but the explosion hurled him to the ground, dazing him.’
    • ‘She found the pensioner wandering shocked and dazed surrounded by the rubble from her devastated home.’
    • ‘She says he was dazed and barely recognised his family when they visited him in hospital.’
    • ‘Joe head-butted Eddie, dazing him.’
    • ‘Kassi is so dazed by it all that she drops pizza onto her brand new and very expensive evening dress.’
    • ‘I was dazed and amazed by all the wonderful things the Internet could do.’
    • ‘Slightly dazed by the encounter I step out into the brightness of the street.’
    • ‘Suddenly, both boxers were on him, landing well-placed punches and dazing him for a moment.’
    stun, stupefy, knock senseless, knock unconscious, knock out, lay out
    astound, amaze, astonish, startle, take someone's breath away, dumbfound, stupefy, overwhelm, overcome, overpower, devastate, dismay, disconcert, stagger, shock, confound, bewilder, take aback, nonplus, shake up
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  • [in singular] A state of stunned confusion or bewilderment.

    ‘he was walking around in a daze’
    • ‘A couple of days after the game, the man was found wandering in a daze around Lisbon airport.’
    • ‘I feel like I am in a daze, not knowing whether I am coming or going.’
    • ‘I walk out of the lapping, transparent water in a daze made up of disbelief as much as exhaustion.’
    • ‘He finished the season in a daze and spent the winter wondering what would happen next.’
    • ‘I'm getting home in the evening feeling stunned, and sit there in a daze for the rest of the night.’
    • ‘They have been crying and just walking around in a daze since they found out he has gone.’
    • ‘We were in a daze, caught in a trance and she was sure the coffee was drugged.’
    • ‘Again I was lost in a daze, staring at the boy who had caught my attention earlier.’
    • ‘Ivan was still in a daze from his sleep, and didn't notice that Joan was sitting in one of the chairs.’
    • ‘Startled, and not having any idea who would call me, I went back to my room in a daze and picked up the phone.’
    • ‘I've been in a daze for the rest of the day - I went back to work for five hours and don't remember any of it.’
    • ‘Anastasia sat still and looked out of the window in a daze.’
    • ‘I sighed heavily, turning my gaze back in front of me, and looking off into the distance in a daze.’
    • ‘In a daze, we make it back to the hotel and collapse before our 5.00 am start for home.’
    • ‘I've been sitting at my bed for a long time now, in a daze after Emily's phone call.’
    • ‘When Pari got out of the car she stood in a daze, unaware of her fate.’
    • ‘I was in a daze, either from the alcohol or my disbelief about what really happened.’
    • ‘I went around in a daze, completely empty inside, for years, really.’
    • ‘She wasn't eating and wasn't going to classes, just lying in her bed as if in a daze.’
    • ‘René was too much in a daze from the kiss to notice the hand coming toward him.’
    stupor, state of stupefaction, state of shock, trance-like state, haze, confused state, spin, whirl, muddle, jumble
    confusion, bewilderment, distraction, numbness
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Middle English: back-formation from dazed (adjective), from Old Norse dasathr weary; compare with Swedish dasa lie idle.