• (GA) IPA: /ˈhæzɚd/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhazəd/


  1. (historical) A game of chance played with dice, usually for monetary stakes; popular mainly from 14th c. to 19th c.
  2. Chance. [from 16th c.]
  3. The chance of suffering harm; danger, peril, risk of loss. [from 16th c.]
    He encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life.
    • Rogers
      Men are led on from one stage of life to another in a condition of the utmost hazard.
  4. An obstacle or other feature which causes risk or danger; originally in sports, and now applied more generally. [from 19th c.]
    The video game involves guiding a character on a skateboard past all kinds of hazards.
  5. (in driving a vehicle) An obstacle or other feature that presents a risk or danger that justifies the driver in taking action to avoid it.
  6. (golf) A sand or water obstacle on a golf course.
  7. (billiards) The act of potting a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard) or the player's ball (losing hazard).
  8. (obsolete) Anything that is hazarded or risked, such as a stake in gambling.
  9. (tennis) The side of the court into which the ball is served.
  10. (programming) A problem with the instruction pipeline in CPU microarchitectures when the next instruction cannot execute in the following clock cycle, potentially leading to incorrect results.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: hasard
  • Russian: поме́ха

hazard (hazards, present participle hazarding; past and past participle hazarded)

  1. To expose to chance; to take a risk.
    • John Clarke
      Men hazard nothing by a course of evangelical obedience.
    • Fuller
      He hazards his neck to the halter.
  2. To risk (something); to venture, to incur, or bring on.
    • RQ
    • Landor
      They hazard to cut their feet.
    I'll hazard a guess.
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A home rule city/county seat in Perry County, Kentucky.

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