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Origin uncertain; perhaps from dizzy +‎ -ard. Compare dotard.


dizzard (plural dizzards)

  1. (obsolete) A jester or fool.
  2. (obsolete) An idiot.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , 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, chapter 10, in Olympian Nights:
      "You're a dizzard!" I retorted. "And a noodle and a jolt-head; [] you're a Hatter!" I shrieked the last epithet.

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