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[tiz-ee] /ˈtɪz i/
noun, plural tizzies.
  1. a dither.
  2. a nervous, excited, or distracted state.
British Obsolete. a sixpence.
Origin of tizzy
1795-1805; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tizzy
  • The prospect threw political rivals, journalists and especially the electoral council into a tizzy.
  • Politicians are in a tizzy over how much corporate leaders make.
  • tizzy sighed when she thought of all of the chores that waited for her.
British Dictionary definitions for tizzy


noun (pl) -zies
(informal) a state of confusion, anxiety, or excitement Also called tizz, tiz-woz (ˈtɪzˌwɒz)
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tizzy

1935, American English colloquial, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to slang tizzy "sixpence piece" (1804), a corruption of tester, a name for the coin (see tester (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tizzy



Empty chatter; prattle and gossip: An example is the press in Britain, where the tittle-tattle has lately infected the quality papers (1542+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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