woo·​zy | \ ˈwü-zē How to pronounce woozy (audio) , ˈwu̇- How to pronounce woozy (audio) \
woozier; wooziest

Definition of woozy

1 : mentally unclear or hazy seems a little woozy, not quite knowing what to say— J. A. Lukacs
2 : affected with dizziness, mild nausea, or weakness
3 : having a soft, indistinct, or unfocused quality : vague, fuzzy woozy … prose and vaguely beneficent statements— Roz Kaveney

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Other Words from woozy

woozily adverb
wooziness noun

Examples of woozy in a Sentence

She was already feeling woozy after her first drink. the blood donor started to feel a little woozy after rising too quickly from the cot
Recent Examples on the Web And her very disappointment at the meager number is played for woozy romance: The check itself, whatever its number, suggests Rachel’s final disentanglement from her previous, jobless life. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "On Chandler Bing’s Job," 12 Sep. 2019 What’s the best way to handle feeling woozy on board? Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Ship Etiquette Tips: A Primer For Before You Sail," 4 Sep. 2019 Mysterious hooded figures trudge through cranberry bogs, a Berlin airport is abstractly mapped, and a woozy Paris blurs into gem tones and shadows. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 July 2019 VanVleet was probably a bit lucky since the direct head shot initially left him looking a bit woozy on the floor. Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "Raptors' Fred VanVleet has new tooth, will wear mouth guard for Game 5 on Monday," 9 June 2019 The film's first half is slow going indeed, marked by woozy POV imagery, frequent flashbacks to the incident that resulted in the death of Sam's sister, and dreamlike episodes involving the central character's troubled psyche. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Every Time I Die': Film Review," 8 Aug. 2019 This year’s winner was the smiling face with hearts emoji, followed by the pleading face and woozy face emoji. Nadia Suleman, Time, "Apple Teases 230 New Emoji in Celebration of World Emoji Day," 17 July 2019 Recession fears in the U.S. are back with a vengeance—cue the blaring headlines, woozy stock markets and ominous-sounding economic signals pointing toward the abyss. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "3 reasons the U.S. economy isn't set to fall off a cliff," 20 Aug. 2019 Like Jessa, the novel’s forward motion is manically driven, somewhat woozy, and heavily burdened by the past. Eugenia Williamson, BostonGlobe.com, "Kristen Arnett’s promising debut dwells in a Sunshine state of mind," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of woozy

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for woozy

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The first known use of woozy was in 1897

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“Woozy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wooziness. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of woozy

: slightly dizzy, sick, or weak


woo·​zy | \ ˈwü-zē How to pronounce woozy (audio) , ˈwu̇- \
woozier; wooziest

Kids Definition of woozy

: slightly dizzy, nauseous, or weak

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