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[diz-ee] /ˈdɪz i/
adjective, dizzier, dizziest.
having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall; giddy; vertiginous.
bewildered; confused.
causing giddiness or confusion:
a dizzy height.
heedless; thoughtless.
Informal. foolish; silly.
verb (used with object), dizzied, dizzying.
to make dizzy.
Origin of dizzy
before 900; Middle English dysy, Old English dysig foolish; cognate with Low German düsig stupefied
Related forms
dizzily, adverb
dizziness, noun Unabridged
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  • Edward turned to him, dizzily; his gaze followed the old man's.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • Whereat those maidens, with wild stare, Walk'd dizzily away.

    Endymion John Keats
  • dizzily he got to his feet, found his horse, and started toward Mesa.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • dizzily I rose and slipped into the frayed and greasy garments.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Beauty Smith tightened the thong again, and White Fang crawled limply and dizzily to his feet.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He tried to recall the scene that had just been enacted, and dizzily held it all in a flash.

  • You saw them descending swiftly, dizzily, leaning back on their staffs, for the down trail was like a slide.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • So I sat upon my captive's chest and dizzily watched the combat.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • He was dizzily conscious of flashing lights and something in his throat that hurt him.

    Hempfield David Grayson
British Dictionary definitions for dizzily


adjective -zier, -ziest
affected with a whirling or reeling sensation; giddy
mentally confused or bewildered
causing or tending to cause vertigo or bewilderment
(informal) foolish or flighty
verb -zies, -zying, -zied
(transitive) to make dizzy
Derived Forms
dizzily, adverb
dizziness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dysig silly; related to Old High German tusīg weak, Old Norse dos quiet
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Word Origin and History for dizzily



Old English dysig "foolish, stupid," from Proto-Germanic *dusijaz (cf. Low German düsig "dizzy," Dutch duizelen "to be dizzy," Old High German dusig "foolish," German Tor "fool," Old English dwæs, Dutch dwaas "foolish"), perhaps from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke; to rise in a cloud" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").

Meaning "having a whirling sensation" is from mid-14c.; that of "giddy" is from c.1500 and seems to merge the two earlier meanings. Used of the "foolish virgins" in early translations of Matthew xxv; used especially of blondes since 1870s. Related: Dizzily.


Old English dysigan, from source of dizzy (adj.). Related: Dizzied; dizzying.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dizzily



Silly; foolish; inane; ditzy •Found as a noun meaning ''foolish man'' by 1825; now mostly used of women, and esp, since the 1870s, of blondes: some dizzy broad (1501+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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