Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of grazing
  2. (noun, state) a superficial abrasion
  3. (verb, consumption) eat lightly, try different dishes
  4. (verb, contact) scrape gently
  5. (verb, contact) feed as in a meadow or pasture
  6. (verb, contact) let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
  7. (verb, contact) break the skin (of a body part) by scraping

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Synonyms of Graze

browse, crease, crop, grazing, pasture, rake, range

Alternate forms of Graze

Derivations: graze, grazier, grazing

Hyponyms: drift, grass, shave

Hypernyms: abrasion, brush, eat, eating, excoriation, feed, feeding, give, injure, nosh, scrape, scratch, snack, wound

Origin of the word Graze

  1. "feed," O.E. grasian "to feed on grass," from gr?s "grass" (see grass). more
  2. "touch," 1604, perhaps a transferred sense from graze (1) via a notion of cropping grass right down to the ground (cf. Ger. grasen "to feed on grass," used in military sense in ref. to cannonballs that rebound off the ground). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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