tizzy

[ tiz-ee ]
/ ˈtɪz i /

noun, plural tiz·zies.

Slang.
  1. a dither.
  2. a nervous, excited, or distracted state.
British Obsolete. a sixpence.

Nearby words

  1. tiwa,
  2. tix,
  3. tizard,
  4. tiziano vecellio,
  5. tizwin,
  6. tj,
  7. tjirebon,
  8. tk,
  9. tk.,
  10. tko

Origin of tizzy

First recorded in 1795–1805; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for tizzy

tizzy

/ (ˈtɪzɪ) /

noun plural -zies

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

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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