Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A jester or fool.
  • n. An idiot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blockhead. [Obs.] [Written also dizard, and disard.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A blockhead.

Etymologies

Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of disour. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Anticyras; a common proverb among the Greeks and Latins, to bid a dizzard or a mad man go take hellebore; as in Lucian,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Et caepas simul alliumque ructat [6095] — si quando ad thalamum, &c., how like a dizzard, a fool, an ass, he looks, how like a clown he behaves himself!

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • By the time grandfather was a half-grown boy, big enough to join in the rough crowd of village lads who tormented Jed, the old dizzard had been for years the local butt.

    Hillsboro People

  • A whole lot of the neighbors had come in to watch with him, and even then, with the old dizzard actually dying, they were making a fool of him.

    Hillsboro People

  • -- Thou idle, gaping dizzard [fool]! and I have to ask thee yet again what is come of aught, it shall be with mine hand about thine ears!

    For the Master's Sake A Story of the Days of Queen Mary

  • [3646] gull, a dizzard, an illiterate idiot, an outside, a glowworm, a proud fool, an arrant ass, Ventris et inguinis mancipium, a slave to his lust and belly, solaque libidine fortis.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [3664] when thou art a dizzard thyself: quod prodest, Pontice, longo stemmate censeri?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • "Come back and shut the door, thou blundering dizzard!

    The King's Daughters

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  • A foolish fellow, idiot, blockhead.

    May 11, 2008