Definition of

Hazard

  1. (noun, artifact) an obstacle on a golf course
  2. (noun, phenomenon) an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
    we ran into each other by pure chance
  3. (noun, state) a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  4. (verb, communication) put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
    I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong
  5. (verb, social) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
  6. (verb, social) put at risk

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Hazard

  1. 1167, from O.Fr. hasard "game of chance played with dice," possibly from Sp. azar "an unfortunate card or throw at dice," which is said to be from Arabic az-zahr (for al-zahr) "the die." But this is doubtful because of the absence of zahr in classical Arabic dictionaries. Klein suggests Arabic yasara "he played at dice;" Arabic -s-more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Hazard

haggard, hazardia, high court, high-grade, highroad, hogarth

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