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Origin of tizzy

First recorded in 1795–1805; origin uncertain
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noun plural -zies
  1. informal a state of confusion, anxiety, or excitementAlso called: tizz, tiz-woz (ˈtɪzˌwɒz)

Word Origin for tizzy

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tizzy

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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