- 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 dizzily
Contemporary Examples of dizzily
Like Number Two, The Village itself is dizzily disorienting.The Prisoner's Dilemmas
November 12, 2009
Historical Examples of dizzily
Dizzily I rose and slipped into the frayed and greasy garments.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Dizzily, she wondered how in the world she was to explain her presence.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Whereat those maidens, with wild stare, Walk'd dizzily away.Endymion
Dizzily he got to his feet, found his horse, and started toward Mesa.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
He tried to recall the scene that had just been enacted, and dizzily held it all in a flash.An Engagement of Convenience
- 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 for dizzy
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.