[woo-zee, woo z-ee]
- stupidly confused; muddled: woozy from a blow on the head.
- physically out of sorts, as with dizziness, faintness, or slight nausea: He felt woozy after the flu.
Origin of woozy
1895–1900, Americanism; perhaps short for boozy-woozy, rhyming compound based on boozy
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- dazed or confused
- experiencing dizziness, nausea, etc
C19: perhaps from a blend of woolly + muzzy or dizzy
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Word Origin and History for wooziness
1897, "muddled or dazed, as with drink," American English colloquial, variant of oozy "muddy," or an alteration of boozy.
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