- making or tending to make one dizzy: The tower rose to dizzying heights.
Origin of dizzying
- 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 dizzying
Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
In between, The Dude is sometimes helped, but mostly hindered, by a dizzying array of quirky characters.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
It was a dizzying time, and Shaquille handled an array of new situations with conspicuous aplomb.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
Francis is, of course, the recipient of a dizzying number of invitations.Obama Goes to Rome Hoping to Tap Some of Pope Francis’ Popularity
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 26, 2014
The drug- and alcohol-fueled excesses build to a dizzying climax that leaves you reeling.The Movie ‘Filth’ Is Fun!
October 1, 2013
A whirlpool caught the wreck, and there it eddied in dizzying circles.The Young Mountaineers
Charles Egbert Craddock
The waves were lifting and dropping them in dizzying fashion.Blow The Man Down
Something suddenly ceased, leaving them in dizzying uncertainty.A Son Of The Sun
And then they were in a lift that dropped into the depths of its shaft with dizzying speed.The Copper-Clad World
Don Rafaele would have been concerned for a bird in such a dizzying situation.Hildebrand
- 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 dizzying
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.