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

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This particularly hypnotic, woozy track makes us wish that every high-profile breakup inspired music this good. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY's best songs of 2018 (so far)," 26 June 2018 The mood lighting suddenly shifted to a spastic, woozy display of neon pinks, blues, and greens as an advertisement for the latest energy drink consumed the shuttle’s interior. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 The prosecution's expert, Dr. Timothy Rohrig, testified that either Benadryl or quaaludes could have had some of the woozy effects Constand described. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby retrial, Day 10: Testimony from Constand's friend brings second week to a close," 20 Apr. 2018 The first group included those who were knocked woozy for as long as a day, but did not lose consciousness. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Even milder concussions double dementia risk, UCSF study finds," 7 May 2018 The monumental 84-by-132-inch painting draws on an amalgam of sources - Mexican, European, African, Egyptian, Greek - and has the woozy surreal quality of an opium dream. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Crocker showcases diversity of Eduardo Carrillo's work, from realism to myth and fantasy," 6 July 2018 Hit by Fyffe’s dart, the woozy bird crash-landed on the school’s athletic field, where Fyffe wrapped it up for return to the zoo. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Garon Fyffe, naturalist and animal expert, dies," 2 July 2018 Speaking publicly for the first time, Constand takes the witness stand and describes the alleged 2004 assault, saying the three blue pills Cosby gave her left her woozy and powerless to react. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby sexual assault case: Timeline of key events," 30 Mar. 2018 As a rookie, Henry was knocked woozy at Atanta and missed a game two weeks later with a knee injury. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chargers would be lucky to bring back Antonio Gates," 24 May 2018

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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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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