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tizzy

[tiz-ee]
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noun, plural tiz·zies.
  1. Slang.
    1. a dither.
    2. a nervous, excited, or distracted state.
  2. British Obsolete. a sixpence.
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Origin of tizzy

First recorded in 1795–1805; origin uncertain
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tizzy

noun plural -zies
  1. informal a state of confusion, anxiety, or excitementAlso called: tizz, tiz-woz (ˈtɪzˌwɒz)
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tizzy

n.

1935, American English colloquial, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to slang tizzy "sixpence piece" (1804), a corruption of tester, a name for the coin (see tester (n.2)).

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