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From Middle English disy, dysy, desi, dusy, from Old English dysiġ, dyseġ (dizzy; foolish; unwise; stupid), from Proto-Germanic *dusigaz (stunned; dazed). Akin to West Frisian dize (fog), Dutch deusig, duizig (dizzy), duizelig (dizzy), German dösig (sleepy; stupid).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈdɪzi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪzi


dizzy (comparative dizzier, superlative dizziest)

  1. Having a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; giddy; feeling unbalanced or lightheaded.
    I stood up too fast and felt dizzy.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Drayton
      Alas! his brain was dizzy.
  2. Producing giddiness.
    We climbed to a dizzy height.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      To climb from the brink of Fleet Ditch by a dizzy ladder.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IX
      ...faintly from the valley far below came an unmistakable sound which brought me to my feet, trembling with excitement, to peer eagerly downward from my dizzy ledge.
  3. Empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous.
    My new secretary is a dizzy blonde.

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dizzy (third-person singular simple present dizzies, present participle dizzying, simple past and past participle dizzied)

  1. (transitive) To make dizzy, to bewilder.