1. drunk; thus dizzy ward, the alcoholic ward.
|‘Song’ in New Vocal Enchantress 33: Tipsy, dizzy, muzzy, sucky, groggy, muddled, / Bosky, blind as Chloe, mops and brooms and fuddled.|
|Comic Sketches 27: While others would say he [was], ‘Very much disguis'd — Clipp'd the King's English —Quite happy — Bosky—Fuddled — Muddled — Tipsy — Dizzy — Muzzy — Sucky’.|
|Poems in Scot. Dialect 99: Riot, wi’ his head sae dizzy, / Newly haf gien o’er his grog.‘Dave & Peggy’|
|Cork Examiner 10 Apr. 3/4: If our friend Dizzy was a little more dizzy on Friday night, he might easily be excused [...] he had been drinking toasts with a party of [...] Orangemen.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 4 Dec. 7/3: [He] remarks of Lotta that ‘she’s a daisy, but the old man is a dizzy old snide’.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 307: This is th’ dizzy-ward o’ th’ Moonisippal Hoshpit’l o’ St. Paul.|
|Petersburg Daily Progress 12 Aug. 1: How is anyone going to dope a mess like that without being a candidate for the dizzy ward .|
|diary 13 Nov. [Internet] The bigger half of the squadron were about dizzy by the time we entrained.|
|Popular Sports Spring [Internet] The bartender gave him gin via mistake. That made Sooper a wee bit dizzy.‘Twin Lose or Draw’ in|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 251: I’m drunk dizzy, Rina, an’ I’ve not had a drink o’ likker this mornin’.|
2. (UK) intoxicated by a drug.
|Cloven Hoof 25: Scare headlines [...] ‘Dope Phials at Mayfair Parties.’ ‘Dizzy Guests.’ [...] Amyl Nitrate may be purchased at any chemists at the rate of a dozen phials for two shillings.|
3. (US) startling, astonishing, vivid.
|N.Y. Daily Express 14 Dec. 2/5: There [i.e. a brothel] they found a large company of prostitutes and their male companions, assembled and engaged in the dizzy dance.|
|Artie (1963) 29: I know boys that went down there and put on a dizzy front.|
|Leather Pushers 11: He played with the Allies as a dizzy aviator.|
|Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 194: ‘Some dizzy blonde, eh?’ he would say. ‘Some doll.’.‘Big Blonde’|
|To The Public Danger 51: Who’s the dizzy brunette in the corner, with the young fellow?|
|Freeloaders 81: That clown gets the dizziest hustles.|
4. (also dizzey, dizzy-ass) eccentric, mad, stupid.
|Judy 62/3: A paper [i.e. Illus. Police News] appealing to vitiated tastes; a paper illustrating crimes of violence, giving in each number the portraits of at least half-a-dozen murderers, and enlivened now and again with the full length figure, in character, of a ‘Dizzy Blonde’.|
|Epoch 5 67: You boys may think what you like, but I’m of the opinion that the dandiest maiden of the lot is the Dizzy Blonde.|
|Boss 373: When our party’s head is again on halfway straight, and he isn’t such a dizzy Willie, I puts it to him that he’d better do a skulk.|
|Naval Occasions 117: ‘Proper dizzy, ain’t they?’ he remarked in an undertone to a companion. ‘Wot’s the toon?’.‘The “Look-See”’|
|Two and Three 15 Mar. [synd. col.] Everybody dizzy. Waltzing from the neck up.|
|Fighting Blood 78: Then I think of that dizzy sap downstairs!|
|Me and Bad Eye and Slim 37: You say Pipe Down instead of Shut up, and a guy that’s goofy is dizzey.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 175: Don’t think that dizzy act can get you out of everythin.|
|Corner Boy 201: You dizzy ofay prick.|
|On the Yard (2002) 300: I don’t want to be penned up with all those dizzy bitches.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 34: That dizzy ’ho is aching to be a lady ’ho.|
|London Fields 260: You’re not a Sexpot. Not dizzy enough.|
|Guardian Guide 15–21 May 25: The two dizzy sorts.|
|Cartoon City 176: You mean the dizzy looking barman from The Chocolate Bar?|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] If you punch her she’ll probably want to elope to Vegas with you. How fucking dizzy can one broad get?|
|Gospel of the Game 3: Now, listen up, you dizzy-ass bitch, and don’t you ever try to switch.|
|theculturetrip.com ‘Guide to London Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Dizzy – crazy.|
5. obsessed by; thus dizzy with a dame, obsessed with a woman.
|Harlow’s Wkly 21 16/3: They were playing ‘I’m Dizzy Over Lizzy,’ in the peculiar rhythm of Chinese music.|
|Top Notch 1 Aug. [Internet] The dizzy dumbbell! Did you get all that guff? He’s in [i.e. love] again!‘The Dizzy Dumb-Bell’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 210: There is no doubt that Israel Ib is dizzy about her.‘Broadway Financier’ in|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 132: Those screwy ideas a guy can get when he is dizzy with a dame.‘Pearls Are a Nuisance’ in|
|Street Players 74: Will you tell this dizzy-ass bitch whether or not you saw Connie.|
|Chicago Hustle 158: Dizzy ass young bitches! don’t really hardly know their asses from a hole in the ground.|
|Born to Mack! 112: Dizzy-ass bitch, didn’t you hear what I said?|
|Connecting 15: Your dizzy-ass friend then explains [...] that Luther and Frankie are Luther Vandross and Frankie Beverly .|
(US) a complete fool.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(mainly Aus.) the absolute limit.
|Windsor Mag. 4 117: ‘You Londoners are the dizzy limit,’ observed Mr. Rawson with contumely.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 July 47/2: Well, if you ain’t the lurid limit! First you try ter give a man in charge fer nothin’, an’ then you won’t let ’im drive ’is ’orse ’is own way.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 92: But ‘ere’s the dizzy limit, fer a cert.‘Rabbits’ in|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: dizzy-limit. The last straw; incomparable; the height of ‘cheek.’.|
|Townsville Daily Bull. 27 Aug. 5/3: He was right. The place was the dizzy limit.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 45: LURID LIMIT: As for dizzy limit.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 232/2: dizzy limit (lurid limit) – last straw, finishing touch.|
(US) a psychiatric institution.
|Two & Three 12 Feb. [synd. col.] The rum revenue provided for the delinquent academies and the dizzy sanitariums.|
(Aus.) to act in an uninhibited manner.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 July 14/2: ‘Lars Satterdee night,’ he continued, ‘th’ skirt got doin’ the dizzy down George-street, ’n’ a John sightin’ th’ petticoat w’irl, crewly pounced ’n ’er, ’n’ slid ’er orf t’ th’ blanky John palace.’.|