woo·​zy ˈwü-zē How to pronounce woozy (audio) ˈwu̇- How to pronounce woozy (audio)
woozier; wooziest
: mentally unclear or hazy
seems a little woozy, not quite knowing what to sayJ. A. Lukacs
: affected with dizziness, mild nausea, or weakness
: having a soft, indistinct, or unfocused quality : vague, fuzzy
woozy … prose and vaguely beneficent statementsRoz Kaveney
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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Word History


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First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woozy was in 1897

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“Woozy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woozy. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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woo·​zy ˈwü-zē How to pronounce woozy (audio)
woozier; wooziest
: slightly dizzy, nauseous, or weak

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