[woo-zee, woo z-ee]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for woozy
My eyes were woozy as I woke up, and I saw these spindly, veiny legs in slippers and a nightgown.Bruce Dern’s Long, Strange Trip to Leading Man in Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’
November 13, 2013
Somewhere along the way he had likely started feeling bad—light-headed or woozy.The Final Run of Ultra-Marathoner Micah True
May 19, 2012
She tells of surrendering to the “woozy charms” of wine coolers and passing out drunk.The Bristol Date-Rape Question
June 23, 2011
"I agree with you," said the Woozy, wagging his square head.
"We will have to go back, I suppose," said the Woozy, with a sigh.
The Woozy sat upon his square haunches to examine Hank with care.
The Magician wants me to get three hairs from the end of a Woozy's tail.
"They are my sole ornaments, my prettiest feature," said the Woozy, uneasily.
- dazed or confused
- experiencing dizziness, nausea, etc
C19: perhaps from a blend of woolly + muzzy or dizzy
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper