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[woo-zee, woo z-ee] /ˈwu zi, ˈwʊz i/
adjective, woozier, wooziest.
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
Related forms
woozily, adverb
wooziness, noun Unabridged
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  • Saying which she turned a somersault off the woozy and, alighting on her feet, began wildly dancing about.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The woozy sat upon his square haunches to examine Hank with care.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • We won't need to take the woozy, either, but he ought to be saved because of the three hairs in his tail.

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The Magician wants me to get three hairs from the end of a woozy's tail.

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • So far they had met no living creature, but when Ojo saw the cave he knew it must be the den of the woozy.

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • "They are my sole ornaments, my prettiest feature," said the woozy, uneasily.

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • "I agree with you," said the woozy, wagging his square head.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for woozy


adjective (informal) woozier, wooziest
dazed or confused
experiencing dizziness, nausea, etc
Derived Forms
woozily, adverb
wooziness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from a blend of woolly + muzzy or dizzy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for woozy

1897, "muddled or dazed, as with drink," American English colloquial, variant of oozy "muddy," or an alteration of boozy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woozy



  1. Not fully alert and conscious; half-asleep; befuddled: You'll just get woozy if you stay up any longer/ some woozy tourist
  2. Dizzy; faint; unwell

[1897+; origin unknown; perhaps fr oozy, suggesting the insolidity and limpness of mud]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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