- The definition of amaze means to shock or surprise someone.
An example of the word amaze is when a man proposes to a woman unexpectedly.
Something has amazed this little boy.
transitive verbamazed, amazing
- to fill with great surprise or sudden wonder; astonish
- Obsolete to bewilder
Origin of amazeMiddle English (only in past participle amased) ; from Old English āmasian: ; from ā-, a- + base akin to Norwegian masast, to fall asleep, Swedish mos, sluggish, sleepy
verba·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
- To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
- Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
Origin of amazeFrom Middle English masen, to bewilder, and from amased, bewildered (from Old English āmasod), both from Old English āmasian, to bewilder : ā-, intensive pref. + *masian, to confuse.
(third-person singular simple present amazes, present participle amazing, simple past and past participle amazed)
From Middle English amasen (“to bewilder, perplex”), from Old English āmasian (“to confuse, astonish”), from ā- (perfective prefix) + *masian (“to confound”) from *mæs (“delusion, bewilderment”), from Proto-Germanic *mas-, *masōną (“to confound, be weary, dream”), from Proto-Indo-European *mā- (“to stupefy”). Akin to Old Norse masa (“to struggle, be confused”), Ancient Greek μάτη (mátē, “folly”), μέμαα (mémaa, “I was eager”). More at automatic.