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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/
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  • 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 by Drayton and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Alas! his brain was dizzy.
  2. Producing giddiness.
    We climbed to a dizzy height.
  3. Empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous; ditzy.
    My new secretary is a dizzy blonde.

Derived termsEdit



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

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