diz·​zy | \ˈdi-zē \
dizzier; dizziest

Definition of dizzy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : foolish, silly

2a : having a whirling sensation in the head with a tendency to fall

b : mentally confused

3a : causing giddiness or mental confusion dizzy heights

b : caused by or marked by giddiness

c : extremely rapid prices climbing at a dizzy rate


dizzied; dizzying

Definition of dizzy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make dizzy or giddy

2 : bewilder disasters that dizzy the mind

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Other Words from dizzy


dizzily \ ˈdi-​zə-​lē \ adverb
dizziness \ -​zē-​nəs \ noun


dizzyingly \ -​zē-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of dizzy in a Sentence


The children were dizzy after spinning in circles. I'm feeling a bit weak and dizzy. I think I'm having a dizzy spell. Complex math problems make me dizzy. looking down from dizzy heights Prices rose at a dizzy rate. the dizzy pace of our lives
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But my symptoms were getting worse, leaving me dizzy and unable to stand all night at work. Simone Gorrindo, The Cut, "The Mysterious Medical Condition That Defined All My Relationships," 21 June 2018 She’d been hospitalized for nearly a month for an infection that caused dizzy spells and episodic memory loss. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "This D.C. woman has shown compassion to many, including her son’s killer. Now she could use a little compassion herself.," 22 May 2018 The Cameroonian kids, who have never been outside their country, were dizzy with excitement as word of their good fortune pinballed around their hilly neighborhood. Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "Four Cameroonian teens are 'almost inconsolable' after being denied access to Philly basketball camp | Ronnie Polaneczky," 11 July 2018 Without the tail rotor, the helicopter would spin out of control and crash—or at least get the passengers very dizzy. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of NASA's New Mars Helicopter," 16 May 2018 Anyone who feels nauseous, dizzy or otherwise unwell after exposure to smoke is encouraged to contact their doctor, Tan said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Here's the air quality outlook for July 4 and beyond, amid Northern California wildfires," 3 July 2018 Before passing out, a person may feel lightheaded, dizzy or maybe even a bit euphoric, and vision may dim. Author: Denise Grady, Jan Hoffman, Anchorage Daily News, "States turn to an unproven method of execution: nitrogen gas," 8 May 2018 Two men were arrested and 400 marijuana plants were seized following raids at homes in Oakland Park and in Fort Lauderdale where carbon monoxide fumes left three police officers feeling dizzy, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Two arrested, pot plants seized, officers recovering after two raids," 13 July 2018 Another 19-year-old student in April reported attending a party in March at the house, where she was given several drinks, became dizzy, lost consciousness and woke up in bed with a fraternity member. Washington Post, "Ex-president of suspended frat charged in attempted rape," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fall from the peaks of early January has been dizzying. Nathaniel Popper, New York Times, "As Bitcoin Bubble Loses Air, Frauds and Flaws Rise to Surface," 5 Feb. 2018 The amount of activity behind Calvary’s red doors is nearly dizzying. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 Not even Elisabeth Moss could sell June’s dizzying about-face, or justify the show’s insistence that her actions were badass, not baffling. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018 Turnover — even among doctors and nurses — has been dizzying. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Whittier Street board votes to name the headquarters for the center’s director. Maybe the staff should have gotten a vote," 8 July 2018 The view from the top is dizzying, especially when a lightning storm rolls in and ignites one of the features on a tower. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Review: 'Brimstone & Glory' looks at a small town in Mexico where fireworks are made," 1 July 2018 The whiplash turn here is dizzying: one minute June is in labor and Serena is ecstatic, sinking to her knees to give thanks for this sacred blessing. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 10 Is Its Most Horrifying Yet," 20 June 2018 Its growth has been dizzying, from almost nil ten years ago. The Economist, "China’s tighter regulation of shadow banks begins to bite," 14 June 2018 But this year, one day before the draft, the potential permutations are dizzying. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "24 Hours ... With Bradley Chubb and His Team at the NFL Draft," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of dizzy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dizzy


Middle English disy, from Old English dysig stupid; akin to Old High German tusig stupid

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More Definitions for dizzy


diz·​zy | \ˈdi-zē \
dizzier; dizziest

Kids Definition of dizzy

1 : having the feeling of spinning

2 : causing a feeling of spinning dizzy heights

3 : overwhelmed with emotion Dizzy with the success of his daring, Toad made for the railway station.— Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Other Words from dizzy

dizziness \ ˈdi-​zē-​nəs \ noun


diz·​zy | \ˈdiz-ē \
dizzier; dizziest

Medical Definition of dizzy 

1 : having a whirling sensation in the head with a tendency to fall

2 : mentally confused

Other Words from dizzy

dizzily \ ˈdiz-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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obstinately defiant of authority

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