diz·​zy | \ ˈdi-zē How to pronounce dizzy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce dizzily (audio) \ adverb
dizziness \ ˈdi-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce dizziness (audio) \ noun


dizzyingly \ ˈdi-​zē-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce dizzyingly (audio) \ 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

Intermittent clips are shown symbolizing some of love's sweetest moments, and although the song's subject remains faceless, viewers are guaranteed to feel dizzy with infatuation too. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Soars With Newfound Love in 'Butterflies' Video: Watch," 4 May 2018 According to a LiveScience report, a few days after swallowing the slug, Ballard began complaining of leg pains, became dizzy, and started vomiting. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 Airplanes and spacecraft would be lost (or, more accurately, dizzy) without them. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Gyroscopes, Pulsars and the Power of Spin," 13 Sep. 2018 About three hours after departing Honolulu, Oswell became dizzy and disoriented. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'She stepped into her coffin': Relatives of passenger who died on flight sue American Airlines," 27 Apr. 2018 In Yingjiang, after eating a bowl of noodles for breakfast at a local restaurant, Marip Lu began to feel dizzy. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 Nervous urgency can be detected there, too, suggesting that this craftsman is all too aware of acute time pressure as well as the physical danger of working at such dizzy heights. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A New Perspective on Westminster Abbey," 28 Aug. 2018 According to Mathews and Winokur, the incident occurred during Friday night’s Head of Household competition, during what appeared to be a dizzy bowling-style challenge. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Was Omarosa Hospitalized Following a Celebrity Big Brother Competition?," 10 Feb. 2018 But there's enough going on there to make a materials scientist dizzy. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers insert a spider web gene into the silkworm," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The long-term risk for Netflix, paradoxically, is if today’s dizzying valuation proves not to be too high, but accurate. The Economist, "Can Netflix please investors and still avoid the techlash?," 28 June 2018 Attendees interpreted the dress code in many ways: geometric prints, dizzying pleats, and lots of shimmer. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski, Sienna Miller, and More Celebrate the Ultra-Cool Rem Koolhaas at the New Museum’s Spring Gala," 4 Apr. 2019 Even without vertigo, the view at this gusty height, roughly 1,800 feet in elevation, is dizzying. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Prognosticators blamed Villaraigosa’s loss on his late entry in the race, the at-times dizzying messaging from his campaign and the independent group, and a lack of investment in turning out Latino voters. Seema Mehta, latimes.com, "Villaraigosa reflects after a bruising loss in California governor's race," 14 June 2018 Related All that has led to dizzying moves for stock markets, which sold off early in the year, then rose to records in the fall only to drop sharply in recent weeks. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise to End Turbulent 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 Never mind the dizzying policy mechanics, this new policy being the solution to a problem created by the initial concession to the Freedom Caucus. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2 House Republicans who put it all on the line for Obamacare repeal could lose Tuesday," 5 Nov. 2018 Fears of a prolonged market downturn, slowing international sales, stepped-up competition in the U.S. and flat-out confusion about how Amazon makes money are all reasons behind the company’s dizzying 25 percent drop in value from its September high. Spencer Soper, The Seattle Times, "Amazon dealt $250 billion blow from market jitters and confusion," 30 Oct. 2018 But when the group stood together, the result was a dizzying yet totally whimsical array of prints and colors that just somehow worked. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "BTS Wore Coordinated Printed Suits on Good Morning America," 26 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of dizzy

: feeling that you are turning around in circles and are going to fall even though you are standing still
: mentally or emotionally upset or confused
: very high


diz·​zy | \ ˈdi-zē How to pronounce dizzy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce dizzy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce dizzily (audio) \ adverb

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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