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[diz-ee-ing] /ˈdɪz i ɪŋ/
making or tending to make one dizzy:
The tower rose to dizzying heights.
Origin of dizzying
1795-1805; dizzy + -ing2
Related forms
dizzyingly, adverb


[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.
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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  • She played dizzying games of hide-and-seek with them.
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British Dictionary definitions for dizzying


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 dizzying



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 dizzying



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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