Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dizzy adj.

1. drunk; thus dizzy ward, the alcoholic ward.

[UK]‘Song’ in New Vocal Enchantress 33: Tipsy, dizzy, muzzy, sucky, groggy, muddled, / Bosky, blind as Chloe, mops and brooms and fuddled.
[UK]C.L. Lewes 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’.
[UK]A. Douglas ‘Dave & Peggy’ Poems in Scot. Dialect 99: Riot, wi’ his head sae dizzy, / Newly haf gien o’er his grog.
[Ire]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.
[US]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’.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 307: This is th’ dizzy-ward o’ th’ Moonisippal Hoshpit’l o’ St. Paul.
[US]Petersburg Daily Progress 12 Aug. 1: How is anyone going to dope a mess like that without being a candidate for the dizzy ward .
[UK]F. Slee diary 13 Nov. [Internet] The bigger half of the squadron were about dizzy by the time we entrained.
[US]T. Thursday ‘Twin Lose or Draw’ in Popular Sports Spring [Internet] The bartender gave him gin via mistake. That made Sooper a wee bit dizzy.
[US]W. Guthrie 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.

[UK]T. Croft 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.

[US]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.
[US]Ade Artie (1963) 29: I know boys that went down there and put on a dizzy front.
[US]H.C. Witwer Leather Pushers 11: He played with the Allies as a dizzy aviator.
[US]D. Parker ‘Big Blonde’ Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 194: ‘Some dizzy blonde, eh?’ he would say. ‘Some doll.’.
[UK]P. Hamilton To The Public Danger 51: Who’s the dizzy brunette in the corner, with the young fellow?
‘Ed Lacy’ Freeloaders 81: That clown gets the dizziest hustles.

4. (also dizzey, dizzy-ass) eccentric, mad, stupid.

[UK]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.
[US]A.H. Lewis 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.
[UK]‘Bartimeus’ ‘The “Look-See”’ Naval Occasions 117: ‘Proper dizzy, ain’t they?’ he remarked in an undertone to a companion. ‘Wot’s the toon?’.
[US]A. Baer Two and Three 15 Mar. [synd. col.] Everybody dizzy. Waltzing from the neck up.
[US]H.C. Witwer Fighting Blood 78: Then I think of that dizzy sap downstairs!
[US]B.M. Harvey Me and Bad Eye and Slim 37: You say Pipe Down instead of Shut up, and a guy that’s goofy is dizzey.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 175: Don’t think that dizzy act can get you out of everythin.
[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 201: You dizzy ofay prick.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 300: I don’t want to be penned up with all those dizzy bitches.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 34: That dizzy ’ho is aching to be a lady ’ho.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 260: You’re not a Sexpot. Not dizzy enough.
[UK]Guardian Guide 15–21 May 25: The two dizzy sorts.
[Ire]F. Mac Anna Cartoon City 176: You mean the dizzy looking barman from The Chocolate Bar?
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] If you punch her she’ll probably want to elope to Vegas with you. How fucking dizzy can one broad get?
J. Robinson 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.

[US]Harlow’s Wkly 21 16/3: They were playing ‘I’m Dizzy Over Lizzy,’ in the peculiar rhythm of Chinese music.
[US]C.S. Montanye ‘The Dizzy Dumb-Bell’ in Top Notch 1 Aug. [Internet] The dizzy dumbbell! Did you get all that guff? He’s in [i.e. love] again!
[US]D. Runyon ‘Broadway Financier’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 210: There is no doubt that Israel Ib is dizzy about her.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Pearls Are a Nuisance’ in Spanish Blood (1946) 132: Those screwy ideas a guy can get when he is dizzy with a dame.

In compounds

dizzy-ass (adj.) [-ass sfx]

foolish, stupid.

[US]D. Goines Street Players 74: Will you tell this dizzy-ass bitch whether or not you saw Connie.
O. Hawkins Chicago Hustle 158: Dizzy ass young bitches! don’t really hardly know their asses from a hole in the ground.
J. Browner Born to Mack! 112: Dizzy-ass bitch, didn’t you hear what I said?
A. Bellamy Connecting 15: Your dizzy-ass friend then explains [...] that Luther and Frankie are Luther Vandross and Frankie Beverly .
dizzy limit (n.) (also lurid limit)

(mainly Aus.) the absolute limit.

[UK]Windsor Mag. 4 117: ‘You Londoners are the dizzy limit,’ observed Mr. Rawson with contumely.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Rabbits’ in Moods of Ginger Mick 92: But ‘ere’s the dizzy limit, fer a cert.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty 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.’.
[Aus]Townsville Daily Bull. 27 Aug. 5/3: He was right. The place was the dizzy limit.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 45: LURID LIMIT: As for dizzy limit.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 232/2: dizzy limit (lurid limit) – last straw, finishing touch.

In phrases

dizzy sanitarium (n.)

(US) a psychiatric institution.

[US]A. Baer Two & Three 12 Feb. [synd. col.] The rum revenue provided for the delinquent academies and the dizzy sanitariums.
do the dizzy (v.)

(Aus.) to act in an uninhibited manner.

[Aus]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.’.