Definition of hazer in English:



North American
  • 1A person engaged in forcing a new or potential recruit to the military, a college fraternity, etc., to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks.

    ‘the hazers would dunk us under the water for a short time before allowing us to come up for air’
    • ‘He's a bully, a hazer, and a racist, a full-on pig.’
    • ‘One victim said the alleged hazers told them to tilt their heads back and open their mouths.’
    • ‘There always seems to be at least one sadistic guy among the hazers who just gets pleasure from making people suffer.’
    • ‘This does not deflect responsibility on those who beat him but it does assert that both the hazer and hazees both were equally wrong in their actions.’
    • ‘Hazing degrades and risks physical and emotional harm because of the hazers' need to feel powerful and in control.’
  • 2A person who drives cattle while on horseback.

    ‘the role of a good hazer in a winning steer wrestling run cannot be overstated’
    • ‘He positions his horse to the left of the steer and his partner, the "hazer," is to the right of the steer.’
    • ‘Bulldogger Straws Milan - and his hazer - were both outrun by the steer he drew and Regina bareback rider Ty Taypotat was bucked off his horse.’
    • ‘One team member (the hazer) in the steer-wrestling event rides his horse to help control the running path of the steer.’
    • ‘He said his horse Rusty was spot on but his hazer played a large role in the overall success in a run he desperately needed to have.’
    • ‘It is very important for the hazer to keep the steer close to the bulldogger so that he can lean out of his saddle to grasp the steer's right horn.’


Mid 19th century: from haze + -er.