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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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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
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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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  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.
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