- having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall; giddy; vertiginous.
- bewildered; confused.
- causing giddiness or confusion: a dizzy height.
- heedless; thoughtless.
- Informal. foolish; silly.
- to make dizzy.
Origin of dizzy
Examples from the Web for dizziness
Just pay attention to potential side effects such as dizziness or nausea.Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?
August 22, 2014
Should thrombosis occur in this anatomic area, a patient might have headaches, dizziness, or even stroke-like symptoms.How Serious Is Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot and Hospitalization?
December 31, 2012
Ultimately, headaches, dizziness, and diarrhea sent her diving into a pizza.The Crazy Baby Food Diet
September 22, 2010
Modafinil does sometimes have side effects, including rashes, headaches, dizziness, and nausea.The White House Mystery Drug
March 4, 2010
As for his health, he had abominable headaches and dizziness.L'Assommoir
"A return of that dizziness," he explained with a faint smile.Masterpieces of Mystery
Between the rich oxygen and the dizziness of hunger, Jon was a bit delirious.Acid Bath
A crack on the head makes you dizzy and into her dizziness a somnolence had entered.The Paliser case
I am certain that the dizziness will be negligible on the second trial.The Point of View
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
- affected with a whirling or reeling sensation; giddy
- mentally confused or bewildered
- causing or tending to cause vertigo or bewilderment
- informal foolish or flighty
- (tr) to make dizzy
Word Origin and History for dizziness
Old English dysig "foolish, stupid," from Proto-Germanic *dusijaz (cf. Low German düsig "dizzy," Dutch duizelen "to be dizzy," Old High German dusig "foolish," German Tor "fool," Old English dwæs, Dutch dwaas "foolish"), perhaps from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke; to rise in a cloud" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").
Meaning "having a whirling sensation" is from mid-14c.; that of "giddy" is from c.1500 and seems to merge the two earlier meanings. Used of the "foolish virgins" in early translations of Matthew xxv; used especially of blondes since 1870s. Related: Dizzily.
Old English dysigan, from source of dizzy (adj.). Related: Dizzied; dizzying.
- A disorienting sensation such as faintness, light-headedness, or unsteadiness.