Dizzy vs Buzzy - What's the difference?

dizzy | buzzy |

As adjectives the difference between dizzy and buzzy

is that dizzy is having a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; giddy; feeling unbalanced or lightheaded while buzzy is having a buzzing sound.

As a verb dizzy

is to make dizzy, to bewilder.



Alternative forms

* dizzie (obsolete)


  • Having a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; giddy; feeling unbalanced or lightheaded.
  • I stood up too fast and felt dizzy .
  • * Drayton
  • Alas! his brain was dizzy .
  • Producing giddiness.
  • We climbed to a dizzy height.
  • * Macaulay
  • To climb from the brink of Fleet Ditch by a dizzy ladder.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IX
  • ...faintly from the valley far below came an unmistakable sound which brought me to my feet, trembling with excitement, to peer eagerly downward from my dizzy ledge.
  • empty-headed, scatterbrained or frivolous
  • My new secretary is a dizzy blonde.
  • * Milton
  • the dizzy multitude

    Derived terms

    * dizzily * dizziness * dizzyingly


  • To make dizzy, to bewilder.
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.161:
  • Let me have this violence and compulsion removed, there is nothing that, in my seeming, doth more bastardise and dizzie a wel-borne and gentle nature.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • If the jangling of thy bells had not dizzied thy understanding.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=September 7, author=Dominic Fifield, work=The Guardian
  • , title= England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova , passage=So ramshackle was the locals' attempt at defence that, with energetic wingers pouring into the space behind panicked full-backs and centre-halves dizzied by England's movement, it was cruel to behold at times. The contest did not extend beyond the half-hour mark.}}




  • Having a buzzing sound
  • * {{quote-news, year=1988, date=March 11, author=Kyle Gann, title=Music Notes: Nicolas Collins plays the radio, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=Collins shifts the slide, and the trumpet phrase gets faster and faster until it blurs into a buzzy pitch. }}
  • (informal) Being the subject of cultural buzz
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=January 21, author=Richard Siklos, title=Big Media‚Äôs Crush on Social Networking, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=This time, my host asked me if I was part of LinkedIn, a buzzy Web site intended to link people with similar business interests. }}

    Derived terms

    * buzzily * buzziness