An example of faze is when you are arguing with someone and he is remaining calm and collected and you say something you know is going to get him riled up; you faze him.
transitive verbfazed, faz′ing
Origin of fazevariant, variety of feeze, obsolete transitive verb , to drive off
transitive verbfazed, faz·ing, faz·es
Origin of fazeMiddle English fesen to drive away, frighten from Old English fēsian
(third-person singular simple present fazes, present participle fazing, simple past and past participle fazed)
- 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; 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.
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”).