[ woo-zee, woo z-ee ]
/ ˈwu zi, ˈwʊz i /

adjective, wooz·i·er, wooz·i·est.

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 formswooz·i·ly, adverbwooz·i·ness, noun
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/ (ˈwuːzɪ) /

adjective woozier or wooziest informal

dazed or confused
experiencing dizziness, nausea, etc
Derived Formswoozily, adverbwooziness, noun

Word Origin for woozy

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.

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