dizzy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dizzy lacking seriousness; given to frivolity "a dizzy blonde","light-headed teenagers","silly giggles"
    • adj dizzy having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling "had a dizzy spell","a dizzy pinnacle","had a headache and felt giddy","a giddy precipice","feeling woozy from the blow on his head","a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff"
    • v dizzy make dizzy or giddy "a dizzying pace"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dizzy Causing, or tending to cause, giddiness or vertigo. "To climb from the brink of Fleet Ditch by a dizzy ladder."
    • Dizzy Having in the head a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; vertiginous; giddy; hence, confused; indistinct. "Alas! his brain was dizzy ."
    • v. t Dizzy To make dizzy or giddy; to give the vertigo to; to confuse. "If the jangling of thy bells had not dizzied thy understanding."
    • Dizzy Without distinct thought; unreflecting; thoughtless; heedless. "The dizzy multitude."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dizzy Foolish; stupid.
    • dizzy Giddy; having a sensation of whirling in the head, with instability or proneness to fall; vertiginous.
    • dizzy Causing giddiness: as, a dizzy height.
    • dizzy Arising from or caused by giddiness.
    • dizzy Giddy; thoughtless; heedless.
    • dizzy To be foolish; act foolishly.
    • dizzy To make giddy; confuse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dizzy diz′i giddy: confused: causing giddiness
    • v.t Dizzy to make dizzy: to confuse
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Quotations

  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille%20Paglia
    “Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.”
  • Julie Burchill
    Julie%20Burchill
    “Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word. RELATIONSHIP.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be lead by the nose.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dusi, disi, desi, foolish, AS. dysig,; akin to LG. düsig, dizzy, OD. deuzig, duyzig, OHG. tusig, foolish, OFries. dusia, to be dizzy; LG. dusel, dizziness, duselig, dusselig, D. duizelig, dizzy, Dan. dösig, drowsy, slepy, döse, to make dull, drowsy, dös, dullness, drowsiness, and to AS. dwǣs, foolish, G. thor, fool. √71. Cf. Daze Doze

Usage

In literature:

He tried again, but fell back, dizzy.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
It leaves 'em dizzy, though.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
On we went and up once more, turnin' with a dizzy swoop and skimmin' past her, back towards where we started from.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
They keep at it until they're dizzy.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Say, inside of three minutes there she had me dizzy in the head.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
But now we will go safely and magnificently; I was a little dizzy!
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
When Suvaroff got to his room he felt dizzy.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
These simple things stood for a complexity that it made me dizzy to think of.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Dizzy from loss of blood, he staggered to his feet and watched the machine charge.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
He sat down on the rock, dizzy and faint, holding his throbbing head and lifting his foot to ease, if possible, the agonizing pain.
"Tom Slade with the Colors" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
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In poetry:

"That's all! Well, yes, it does look rather risky,
And kinder makes one queer
And dizzy looking down. A drop of whiskey
Ain't a bad thing right here!"
"The Hawk's Nest" by Francis Bret Harte
And power is his, if naught besides,
In that thin ether where he rides,
Above the roar of human tides
To ascend afar,
Lost in a storm of light that hides
His dizzy car.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson
Beyond the gate within the night,
A figure rested on the ground,
About her all the rout took flight,
The dizzy noise, the flashing light,
The mules were tramping all around.
"A Legend Of Christ's Nativity" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Unceasing from the earliest streak of dawn,
O'er sheets of ice and dazzling snow he hies;
Now on the dizzy steep by magic borne,
Now o'er the precipice like light'ning flies.
"The Hunter of The Alps" by Charlotte Dacre
On the swift maelstrom of the eddying world
We hurl our woes, and think they are no more.
But round and round by dizzy billows whirled,
They reach out sinewy arms and swim to shore.
"Spectres" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Hech! what a change hae we now in this town!
The lads a' sae braw, the lasses sae glancin',
Folk maun be dizzie gaun aye in the roun'
For deil a haet 's done now but feastin' and dancin'.
"Old And New Times" by Alexander Boswell

In news:

On Sunday, a Jazz Brunch at a Guilford residence features the Bob Stabach 4tet (Bob, sax, Eugene Uman, piano, George Kaye, bass, and Jon Fisher, percussion) playing music of Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and originals.
Its a pretty little disease but you will feel pretty bad if you catch this bug , with headaches, nausea and dizziness.
It's fun facts Friday and I'm getting dizzy just thinking about everything happening in the valley this weekend.
Mutual Fund Investors, Flying Again but Feeling Dizzy.
Three painters were working inside a home that is under construction when they began to complain of dizziness and headaches.
Close to 100 times a year and without warning, El Paso residents report feeling sick and dizzy while in their homes.
Breathing the chemical , which is used to make the common plastic PVC, can make people dizzy or sleepy.
INTERVIEWS Hear Nite Jewel's Dizzy ' Clive (Dntel Remix)'.
IRVING, Texas – Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said cornerback Morris Claiborne "got a little dizzy" in Thursday's practice and was not sure the first-round pick will be able to play Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Massive headaches, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
A dizzying array of songs, sketches & outrageous costumes -- spectacle on a shoestring, a valentine to classic musical theater.
"I recently got dizzy and had a little blackout," Coco tells Star.
Generations columnist enjoyed every second watching his grandson play in the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven recently.
Bryce Harper likely to play Sunday after ' dizzy spell.
The Cedartown Dogs 13-and-under baseball team has accomplished something not many teams in Polk County have accomplished before – they got to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series championship games this week.
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In science:

Each of these gauges exhibit some computational advantages over the others in special contexts, and each has its physical merits: e.g., Fermi observers associated with Fermi frames do not get dizzy.
The cosmological billiard attractor
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