Definition of Giddy

1. Adjective. Having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling. "A vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff"

Exact synonyms: Dizzy, Vertiginous, Woozy
Similar to: Ill, Sick
Derivative terms: Dizziness, Giddiness, Vertigo



2. Adjective. Lacking seriousness; given to frivolity. "Silly giggles"

Definition of Giddy

1. a. Having in the head a sensation of whirling or reeling about; having lost the power of preserving the balance of the body, and therefore wavering and inclined to fall; lightheaded; dizzy.

2. v. i. To reel; to whirl.

3. v. t. To make dizzy or unsteady.

Definition of Giddy

1. Adjective. dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down ¹

2. Adjective. causing dizziness: causing dizziness or a feeling of unsteadiness ¹

3. Adjective. lightheartedly silly, or joyfully elated ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To make dizzy or unsteady. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Giddy

1. dizzy [v -DIED, -DYING, -DIES] - See also: dizzy

Medical Definition of Giddy

1. 1. Having in the head a sensation of whirling or reeling about; having lost the power of preserving the balance of the body, and therefore wavering and inclined to fall; lightheaded; dizzy. "By giddy head and staggering legs betrayed." (Tate) 2. Promoting or inducing giddiness; as, a giddy height; a giddy precipice. "Upon the giddy footing of the hatches." (Shak) 3. Bewildering on account of rapid turning; running round with celerity; gyratory; whirling. "The giddy motion of the whirling mill." (Pope) 4. Characterised by inconstancy; unstable; changeable; fickle; wild; thoughtless; heedless. "Giddy, foolish hours." Rowe. "Giddy chance." Dryden. "Young heads are giddy and young hearts are warm." (Cowper) Origin: OE. Gidi mad, silly, AS. Gidig, of unknown origin, cf. Norw. Gidda to shake, tremble. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Giddy

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giddiness
giddinesses
giddup
giddy (current term)
giddy up
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gier-eagle

Literary usage of Giddy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Flügel, Johann Gottfried Flügel (1861)
"1. extravagant project, bubble, giddy proceedings, thoughtless action; ... mir) 1. to be dizzy, giddy; to reel, to be seized with \ertigo; to turn, swim; ..."

2. Young Humphry Davy: The Making of an Experimental Chemist by June Z. Fullmer (2000)
"giddy, however, extended to Davy more than a display of political dexterity; ... His father, Edward giddy, while not quite as aristocratic in his forbears, ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"[Assumed from giddy, qv] Staggers in sheep, a disease caused by a cystic worm in the brain, ... The character or quality of being giddy or foolish; levity; ..."

4. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1849)
"... either loss of time or confusion ; and the strong sense of duty, which was the spring of all his actions, kept him from turning giddy with applause. ..."

5. English Literature: An Illustrated Record by Richard Garnett, Edmund Gosse (1905)
"Encas past : Thence bursting glorious, all at once let down, Stunned with his giddy larum half the town. Intrepid then, o'er seas and lands he flew : Europe ..."

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