- dizzie (obsolete)
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”).
- Having a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; giddy; feeling unbalanced or lightheaded.
- I stood up too fast and felt dizzy.
- 1627, Michael Drayton, Nimphidia, the Court of Faery
- Alas! his brain was dizzy.
- Producing giddiness.
- We climbed to a dizzy height.
- 1856 February, [Thomas Babington] Macaulay, “Oliver Goldsmith [from the Encyclopædia Britannica]”, in T[homas] F[lower] E[llis], editor, The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, new edition, London: Longman, Green, Reader, & Dyer, published 1871, OCLC 30956848:
- 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.
- Empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous; ditzy.
- My new secretary is a dizzy blonde.
- 1671, John Milton, “Book the Second”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398:
- the dizzy multitude
- (transitive) To make dizzy, to bewilder.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.161:
- Let me have this violence and compulsion removed, there is nothing that, in my seeming, doth more bastardise and dizzie a wel-borne and gentle nature […].
- 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova”, in The Guardian:
- So ramshackle was the locals' attempt at defence that, with energetic wingers pouring into the space behind panicked full-backs and centre-halves dizzied by England's movement, it was cruel to behold at times. The contest did not extend beyond the half-hour mark.