Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a whirling sensation and a tendency to fall. See Synonyms at giddy.
  • adj. Bewildered or confused.
  • adj. Producing or tending to produce giddiness: a dizzy height.
  • adj. Caused by giddiness; reeling.
  • adj. Characterized by impulsive haste; very rapid: "The American language had begun its dizzy onward march before the Revolution” ( H.L. Mencken).
  • adj. Slang Scatterbrained or silly.
  • transitive v. To make dizzy.
  • transitive v. To confuse or bewilder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a sensation of turning around; giddy; feeling unbalanced or lightheaded.
  • adj. producing giddiness
  • adj. empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous
  • v. To make dizzy, to bewilder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having in the head a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; vertiginous; giddy; hence, confused; indistinct.
  • adj. Causing, or tending to cause, giddiness or vertigo.
  • adj. Without distinct thought; unreflecting; thoughtless; heedless.
  • transitive v. To make dizzy or giddy; to give the vertigo to; to confuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Foolish; stupid.
  • Giddy; having a sensation of whirling in the head, with instability or proneness to fall; vertiginous.
  • Causing giddiness: as, a dizzy height.
  • Arising from or caused by giddiness.
  • Giddy; thoughtless; heedless.
  • To be foolish; act foolishly.
  • To make giddy; confuse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make dizzy or giddy
  • adj. lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
  • adj. having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling

Etymologies

Middle English dusie, disi, from Old English dysig, foolish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English dysiġ, probably related to West Frisian dize, (fog). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The latest data point that's got the doubters in a dizzy is a new LA Times poll that shows that Kerry's slipped a couple of points in the wake of the Swift Boat Liars leaky raft.

    Primary Returns

  • But at Necco, Green was generous in describing ingredients during a long, old-versus-new tasting that left me dizzy from a sugar rush.

    Sugar and Spice

  • One of the trolls said something about “activist judges” and I got dizzy from the staggering display of stupidity so close to their beloved ACTIVIST SUPREME COURT deciding corporations have more rights than citizens.

    Think Progress » DeMint Blocks A Wise Lesbian Latina From Serving On The D.C. Superior Court

  • 'Sometimes,' she said, 'when I was that dizzy from the heat of the cooking that if I didn't take a breath of fresh air I'd faint, I'd stick my head out of the kitchen window, and close my eyes and see most wonderful things.

    The Night-Born

  • At such times she cocked both triggers of the gun, prepared to meet him with leaden death if he should burst loose, herself trembling and palpitating and dizzy from the tension and shock.

    THE UNEXPECTED

  • She talked of children with learning disabilities and autism having to "fend for themselves in dizzy, mainstream schools, unsupervised at lunch and play".

    Britain's divided schools: a disturbing portrait of inequality

  • As this drives up the humidity, screws with the air pressure (making my head spin dizzy on the dial) and generally causes me great discomfort for no good reason, I do find this very annoying.

    Two days of not so bad

  • It isn't just the time it takes from homemaking, leaving the homemaker exhausted and in dizzy daze at the end of the day, it is also the effect that it has on the children.

    The Homemaker's Time

  • I am over the moon, walking on air, dancing in dizzy circles in my head.

    November 8th, 2006

  • By the second hour of the service I was tired (and dizzy from the incense), but I began to suspect that Larisa was right: the sense of the text was seeping in with repetition.

    Escape to Old Russia

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