Dazzle vs Giddy - What's the difference?

dazzle | giddy |

As verbs the difference between dazzle and giddy

is that dazzle is to confuse the sight of by means of excessive brightness while giddy is (obsolete|transitive) to make dizzy or unsteady.

As a noun dazzle

is a light of dazzling brilliancy.

As an adjective giddy is

dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To confuse the sight of by means of excessive brightness.
  • Dazzled by the headlights of the lorry, the deer stopped in the middle of the street.
  • * Milton
  • Those heavenly shapes / Will dazzle now the earthly, with their blaze / Insufferably bright.
  • * Sir H. Taylor
  • An unreflected light did never yet / Dazzle the vision feminine.
  • (figuratively) To render incapable of thinking clearly; to overwhelm with showiness or brilliance.
  • The delegates were dazzled by the originality of his arguments.
  • To be overpowered by light; to be confused by excess of brightness.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • An overlight maketh the eyes dazzle .
  • * Dryden
  • I dare not trust these eyes; / They dance in mists, and dazzle with surprise.

    Derived terms

    * dazzler * dazzlement


  • A light of dazzling brilliancy.
  • (uncommon) A herd of zebra.
  • * 1958', Laurens Van der Post, ''The lost world of the Kalahari: with the great and the little memory'' (' 1998 David Coulson edition):
  • We were trying to stalk a dazzle of zebra which flashed in and out of a long strip of green and yellow fever trees, with an ostrich, its feathers flared like a ballet skirt around its dancing legs, on their flank, when suddenly
  • * 2009 , Darren Paul Shearer, In You God Trusts , page 176:
  • Zebras move in herds which are known as "dazzles." When a lion approaches a dazzle of zebras during its hunt,
  • * 2010 , Douglas Rogers, The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa , page 22:
  • I reached the lodge as a dazzle of zebras trotted across the dirt road into thorny scrub by the game fence, and a lone kudu gazed up at me from the short grass near the swimming pool.


    * herd




  • Dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down.
  • The man became giddy upon standing up so fast.
  • Causing dizziness: causing dizziness or a feeling of unsteadiness.
  • They climbed to a giddy height.
  • Lightheartedly silly, or joyfully elated.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.}}
    The boy was giddy when he opened his birthday presents.
  • (archaic) Frivolous, impulsive, inconsistent, changeable.
  • * 1599 ,
  • In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it, for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.
  • * 1784 , , Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools
  • Young heads are giddy and young hearts are warm,
    And make mistakes for manhood to reform.


    * dizzy

    Derived terms

    * giddiness

    See also

    * vertiginous


  • (obsolete) To make dizzy or unsteady.
  • To reel; to whirl.
  • (Chapman)