dizzard

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of disour.

Noun[edit]

dizzard (plural dizzards)

  1. (obsolete) A jester or fool.
  2. (obsolete) An idiot.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p. 43:
      Lactantius, in his book of Wisdom, proves them to be dizzards, fools, asses, madmen, so full of absurd and ridiculous tenets and brain-sick positions, that to his thinking never any old woman doted worse.
    • 1902, John Kendrick Bangs, Olympian Nights, ch. 10:
      "You're a dizzard!" I retorted. "And a noodle and a jolt-head; . . . you're a Hatter!" I shrieked the last epithet.