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

Etymology 1[edit]

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).


dizzy (comparative dizzier, superlative dizziest)

  1. Having a sensation of whirling and of being giddy, unbalanced, or lightheaded.
    I stood up too fast and felt dizzy.
    • 1627, Michael Drayton, Nimphidia, the Court of Faery
      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.
  4. (UK dialectal, Yorkshire) simple, half-witted.
    • 1952 Albert Lyon Hoy, An Etymologal Glossary of the East Yorkshire Dialect
      Them as diz ’at is dizzy.
      Those who do that are half-witted.
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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.

Etymology 2[edit]


dizzy (plural dizzies)

  1. (slang, automotive) A distributor (device in internal combustion engine).
    • 2005, Roger Williams, How to Give Your MGB V8 Power (page 201)
      A service exchange distributor usually needs to be ordered by a motor factor and cost £150-200! I would suggest you use the SD1 dizzy body/cap etc but change the trigger mechanism to a modern electronic/breakerless unit such as the Newtronic unit.