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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a dizzy/fainting spell (=one when you feel unable to stand steadily and your head feels unclear)
▪ She must have had a dizzy spell and fallen.
▪ Expectation had been rampant throughout June but, come the pre-season friendlies of August, football fever had reached dizzy heights.
▪ Thereafter, the growth of the population reached dizzy heights.
▪ Climbers make a great mistake, however, in imagining that each of these groups aspires to the dizzy heights of dangling.
▪ By this time I had joined the Scouts and had reached the dizzy heights of Patrol Leader.
▪ What dizzy heights we trampoline at.
▪ A new gondola cable car will take you to dizzy heights, enabling you to appreciate the mountains in their true splendour.
▪ It screams with exclamation marks about the dizzy heights of certain walks and the lack of twilight in Madeira.
▪ It seems quite bizarre that people who play other people's records for a living can reach these dizzy heights of stardom.
▪ She must have had a dizzy spell.
▪ The dizzy spells were increasing in frequency.
▪ I was prompted to write when a customer sat on checkout ten following a dizzy spell.
▪ After Allitt moved out of the Jobsons' home, his dizzy spells, craving for chocolate and sudden collapses had stopped.
▪ If they are arthritic, their sight is poor, or they are subject to dizzy spells they may trip over the flex.
new/great/dizzy etc heights
▪ And they all jump on me from great heights till corns on my hand seem like the fringe benefits of delirious joy.
▪ Fried quail reaches new heights in this recipe.
▪ I wave a fluttery wave of inconsequential cheerfulness and close the door, having reached new heights of cynical disinterest.
▪ In spite of a keen desire to reach greater heights, progress is hindered by poor practice methods which make improvement slow and frustrating.
▪ In the Upper Devonian, club mosses and horsetails grew to great heights.
▪ The stock market is soaring to new heights.
▪ Thereafter, the growth of the population reached dizzy heights.
▪ Under his leadership, the radios reached new heights of effectiveness.
▪ If you feel dizzy or short of breath, stop exercising immediately.
▪ Sometimes I get dizzy at the top of staircases and escalators.
▪ The thin mountain air made Trautmann feel dizzy.
▪ As the sulphur finds its way into his lungs, he will become dizzy and nauseated.
▪ By the time she had explained to Pepe what had happened she began to feel dizzy and steadily more nauseous.
▪ I felt myself growing dizzy and l seemed to be seeing everything as through a fog.
▪ She must have had a dizzy spell.
▪ She was still feeling dizzy and sick, and felt very annoyed at herself for almost fainting in Caroline's flat.
▪ So anyway, you go to work and get dizzy.
▪ The dizzy spells were increasing in frequency.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dizzy \Diz"zy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dizzied; p. pr. & vb. n. Dizzying.] To make dizzy or giddy; to give the vertigo to; to confuse.

If the jangling of thy bells had not dizzied thy understanding.
--Sir W. Scott.


Dizzy \Diz"zy\ (d[i^]z"z[y^]), a. [Compar. Dizzier (d[i^]z"z[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Dizziest.] [OE. dusi, disi, desi, foolish, AS. dysig; akin to LG. d["u]sig dizzy, OD. deuzig, duyzig, OHG. tusig foolish, OFries. dusia to be dizzy; LG. dusel dizziness, duselig, dusselig, D. duizelig, dizzy, Dan. d["o]sig drowsy, slepy, d["o]se to make dull, drowsy, d["o]s dullness, drowsiness, and to AS. dw[=ae]s foolish, G. thor fool. [root]7

  1. Cf. Daze, Doze.] 1. Having in the head a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; vertiginous; giddy; hence, confused; indistinct.

    Alas! his brain was dizzy.

  2. Causing, or tending to cause, giddiness or vertigo.

    To climb from the brink of Fleet Ditch by a dizzy ladder.

  3. Without distinct thought; unreflecting; thoughtless; heedless. ``The dizzy multitude.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English dysig "foolish, stupid," from Proto-Germanic *dusijaz (cognates: Low German düsig "dizzy," Dutch duizelen "to be dizzy," Old High German dusig "foolish," German Tor "fool," Old English dwæs, Dutch dwaas "foolish"), perhaps from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke; to rise in a cloud" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").\n

\nMeaning "having a whirling sensation" is from mid-14c.; that of "giddy" is from c.1500 and seems to merge the two earlier meanings. Used of the "foolish virgins" in early translations of Matthew xxv; used especially of blondes since 1870s. Related: Dizzily.


Old English dysigan, from source of dizzy (adj.). Related: Dizzied; dizzying.

  1. 1 Having a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; giddy; feeling unbalanced or lightheaded. 2 Producing giddiness. 3 empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous v

  2. (context transitive English) To make dizzy, to bewilder.

  1. v. make dizzy or giddy; "a dizzying pace"

  2. [also: dizzied, dizziest, dizzier]

  1. adj. having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling; "had a dizzy spell"; "a dizzy pinnacle"; "had a headache and felt giddy"; "a giddy precipice"; "feeling woozy from the blow on his head"; "a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff" [syn: giddy, woozy, vertiginous]

  2. lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles" [syn: airheaded, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed, lightheaded, silly]

  3. [also: dizzied, dizziest, dizzier]

Dizzy (series)

The Dizzy series of computer games, published by Codemasters, was one of the most successful European computer game brands of the late 1980s. The games featured a central figure: an intelligent egg-like creature called Dizzy. The games would typically involve Dizzy trying to save his friends and family, the Yolkfolk, often from the schemes of his nemesis, the evil wizard Zaks.

Most of the games in the series were platform games, with an emphasis on puzzle solving, similar to graphic adventures. Dizzy would roam around various fairytale-like locations, collecting objects, interacting with other characters, and solving logical puzzles. Rather than jumping in the conventional platform-game way, Dizzy would somersault and roll around the landscape; hence the name "Dizzy". The eight games which follow this style, usually referred to as the arcade adventures, are considered the 'core' games in the series; however, several spin-off titles were released, including Fast Food, Kwik Snax and Dizzy Down the Rapids.

Four games in the series were included in the Top 50 best games of all time in a special issue of Your Sinclair magazine in 2004.


Dizzy may refer to:

  • Dizziness, the state of being off balance
Dizzy (Tommy Roe song)

"Dizzy" is a song originally recorded by Tommy Roe, with instrumental backing from L.A. session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, which was an international hit single in 1969.

Written by Roe and Freddy Weller, "Dizzy" was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in March 1969, for one week on the UK Singles Chart in June 1969, and was #1 in Canada in March 1969.

"Dizzy" has eleven key changes total between a total of four keys. One key is used for the verses, while the choruses get three keys. The key used for the verses is the lowest, while the choruses start off in a higher key, quickly increases to an even higher key, then increases yet again.

It was subsequently recorded by such disparate artists as Boney M, Mike Melvoin and the Deadbeats, Wreckless Eric and Billy J. Kramer.

In 1989, it was sampled by De La Soul on a remix by Chad Jackson of their track "The Magic Number" from their album Three Feet High and Rising. In 1994 it was covered by Babe on their album 4 Babe pesme; the Babe version being entitled "Dizel".

In 2005, "Dizzy" was used in the soundtrack of The Sandlot 2.

Dizzy (Goo Goo Dolls song)

"Dizzy" is a song by the Goo Goo Dolls, written by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik. It was released as a single from their sixth studio album, Dizzy Up The Girl. The song peaked at #9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart on January 5, 1999. An EP, titled Dizzy EP was released the next month featuring this song as well as others from previous albums.

Dizzy (nickname)

Dizzy is a nickname of:

  • Hubert Raymond Allen (1919-1987), British Second World War Royal Air Force pilot and writer
  • Dizzy Dean (1910–1974), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dizzy Dismukes (1890–1961), American pitcher and manager in Negro league baseball and during the pre-Negro League years
  • Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), British Prime Minister
  • Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993), American jazz trumpet player and composer
  • Jason Gillespie (born 1975), Australian former cricketer
  • Johnny Moore (trumpeter) (1938-2008), Jamaican trumpet player
  • Dizzy Nutter (1893-1958), American baseball player
  • Dizzy Reece (born 1931), jazz trumpeter
  • Dizzy Reed (born 1963), Guns N' Roses keyboardist
  • Dizzy Trout (1915–1972), Major League Baseball pitcher

Usage examples of "dizzy".

He had given the name of Stanley Adams, and had had such a queerly thick droning voice, that it made the clerk abnormally dizzy and sleepy to listen to him.

She tried to ignore the dizzying perspective plucking at her peripheral vision over the low sides of the pod and concentrated instead on the stress and acceleration vectors graphically represented on her screen.

He kept the aerator as low as possible, to make himself breathe great gasps that hurt his chest, but it made him dizzy, and he had to increase the oxygenation lest he faint.

Those two and Mertyn had great deeds aflight, and all the coming and going in pursuit of them was dizzying.

He tried to move to the aft end of the room but immediately felt tired and dizzy.

As the dizzying spectacle flowed by, Alec recalled with horror his original plan to bring Seregil through Rhiminee alone.

Twice each day, the hydrobot returned from its journey to inner space and delivered its real treasure: one-hundred-milliliter aliquots of ice containing a dizzying menagerie of microscopic life never before seen.

Then I felt dizzy, trying to hold myself on all fours, and sick to my stomach.

Suddenly dizzy, Amy lowered her hands to the sides of her chair and held on tightly.

Lucksparrow had that it was fortunate another member of the profession should be at hand, and by the success with which the Archdeacon, dizzy and yet equable, concealed his own feelings when his visitor, chatting of Prayer Book Revision, parish councils, and Tithe Acts, imported to them a high eternal flavour which savoured of Deity Itself.

Accordingly Barnaby, seeing that it was required of him to quit the place in which he then lay, arose, though with a good deal of effort, and permitted the negro to help him on with his coat, though feeling mightily dizzy and much put about to keep upon his legs--his head beating fit to split asunder and the vessel rolling and pitching at a great rate, as though upon a heavy cross-sea.

The first time he had entered the place Bibbs had become dizzy instantly, and six months of it had only added increasing nausea to faintness.

After winding through a dizzying series of turns and twists he stepped into a cozier milieu where child whores of both sexes dressed in filmy short robes displayed themselves to men with a shared patina of wealth and power.

In the shadows of Denver Sam had heard about Dizzy Dancey, and none of it had been comforting.

In the dizzying energy of the dreamlink, she could sense that the link between Dap and herself was straining, like a fabric being pulled, stretched, torn.