from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See feeze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A state of anxious or fretful excitement; worry; vexation.
  • transitive verb To untwist; to unravel, as the end of a rope.
  • transitive verb obsolete To beat; to chastise; also, to humble; to harass; to worry.

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  • verb Alternative spelling of faze.


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  • Fax prompted no fewer than thirty-three suggested alternatives, mc\uAmgfab, fays, feats, fuzz, feaze, phase, and at least two more that are unknown to lexicography: falx and phase.

    I'm A Stranger Here Myself Bryson, Bill 1999

  • She gets them, any way, and they don't seem to feaze her a particle.

    Peggy Stewart at School

  • "Merely that yonder oil-shoot turned into a mud-bath doesn't feaze him," chuckled Jack to Mark.

    On a Torn-Away World Or, the Captives of the Great Earthquake Roy Rockwood

  • A few of them, e. g., to collide and to feaze, were archaic English terms brought to new birth; a few others, e. g., to holler21 and to muss, were obviously mere corruptions.

    Chapter 3. The Period of Growth. 3. The Expanding Vocabulary Henry Louis 1921

  • "He is smart and active as ever - walks fifteen miles and it doesn't feaze him."

    The adventures of two Alabama boys, 1912

  • There was some rubberin 'at her, of course, and I expect we had the safety vault crowd guessin' as to what kind of a prize the Van Urbans had won, but it didn't feaze her a bit.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford 1907

  • You can't feaze Vee, though, when she starts in to be folksy.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford 1907

  • Your mother is anxious to have you come home, but I tell her that a little thing like pulling a professor out of the fire isn't likely to feaze a Garwood!

    The New Boy at Hilltop Ralph Henry Barbour 1907

  • You see, I had graduated on Lewis Wentz's steamer and a twenty-mile clip didn't feaze me any, though there were times when I'd forget which things to pull, and this always seemed to rattle his little nerves.

    The Motormaniacs Lloyd Osbourne 1907

  • "Fire away, Abe; you couldn't feaze me none," Felix replied in the accents of Newark, N.J. "Well, Felix, it's like this," Abe went on: "If we would be selling goods to J.B. Morgan, y'understand, and Mawruss here he is buying for eight dollars a fur overcoat -- understand me -- he right away would want another statement."

    Abe and Mawruss Being Further Adventures of Potash and Perlmutter Montague Glass 1905


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  • (verb/noun) - To vex; to be in a feaze is to be in a state of excitement; still commonly colloquial in the States, especially in Virginia and the South. It was used formerly in the same sense as tease, as in teasing wool, but more particularly applied to curry-combing. "I'll pheeze you," says Christophoro Sly in The Taming of the Shrew meaning that he will vex the worthy hostess by staying--like teasel burrs in wool. Another authority regards it as derived from the Anglo-Saxon fysan, used to denote the rapid and noisy movement of water, and from which we get the modern fizz. --John Farmer's Americanisms Old and New, 1889

    February 6, 2018