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[woo-zee, woo z-ee] /ˈwu zi, ˈwʊz i/
adjective, woozier, wooziest.
stupidly confused; muddled:
woozy from a blow on the head.
physically out of sorts, as with dizziness, faintness, or slight nausea:
He felt woozy after the flu.
Origin of woozy
1895-1900, Americanism; perhaps short for boozy-woozy, rhyming compound based on boozy
Related forms
woozily, adverb
wooziness, noun Unabridged
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  • Outpatients must plan to have someone take them home after the test, because they will be woozy and unable to drive.
  • At first this makes the film fun, but after a while it might make you so woozy you'll want to get off.
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  • Only the morphine worked now, but it left her woozy and sleepy.
  • He mimed some woozy tottering and a convulsive hurl.
  • Still, his doctors could not agree on a diagnosis to explain his occasional woozy spells.
  • Still woozy, she stepped outside the banquet hall to get some air.
  • Most of us have experienced that disorienting woozy feeling from being out in the sun too long without adequate fluids.
British Dictionary definitions for woozy


adjective (informal) woozier, wooziest
dazed or confused
experiencing dizziness, nausea, etc
Derived Forms
woozily, adverb
wooziness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from a blend of woolly + muzzy or dizzy
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Word Origin and History for woozy

1897, "muddled or dazed, as with drink," American English colloquial, variant of oozy "muddy," or an alteration of boozy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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