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dizzying

[ diz-ee-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF dizzying

Synonyms for dizzying

  • bewildering
  • dizzy
  • rapid
  • confused
  • faint
  • fainting
  • fast
  • fleet
  • flying
  • swimming
  • lightheaded
  • quick
  • shaky
  • speedy
  • swift
  • unsteady
  • vertiginous
  • woozy
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Antonyms for dizzying

  • clear
  • slow
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIZZYING

A whirlpool caught the wreck, and there it eddied in dizzying circles.

The waves were lifting and dropping them in dizzying fashion.

Something suddenly ceased, leaving them in dizzying uncertainty.

And then they were in a lift that dropped into the depths of its shaft with dizzying speed.

Don Rafaele would have been concerned for a bird in such a dizzying situation.

A dizzying pleasure, bitter-sweet, enveloped this nearness to crime.

Beyond a doubt, the man was mad; yet his madness was vast, dizzying.

If she was poor, he might—well, he would not speculate upon that; it was too dizzying.

It was something mysterious and dizzying that resided in every particle of her individuality.

Russia is no longer the dizzying kaleidoscope that it was in 1917.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English dysig "foolish, stupid," from Proto-Germanic *dusijaz (cf. 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").

Meaning "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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DIZZYING

excessive

adjectivetoo much; overdone
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