diz·​zy | \ ˈdi-zē How to pronounce dizzy (audio) \
dizzier; dizziest

Definition of dizzy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Adjective 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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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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“Dizzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dizzy. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce dizzy (audio)

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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