- 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.
- Alas! his brain was dizzy.
- Producing giddiness.
- We climbed to a dizzy height.
- Empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous.
- My new secretary is a dizzy blonde.
- the dizzy multitude
- (transitive) To make dizzy, to bewilder.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: 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 […].
- Sir Walter Scott
- If the jangling of thy bells had not dizzied thy understanding.
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.