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[gid-ee] /ˈgɪd i/
adjective, giddier, giddiest.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
attended with or causing dizziness:
a giddy climb.
frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty:
a giddy young person.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), giddied, giddying.
to make or become giddy.
Origin of giddy
before 1000; Middle English gidy, Old English gidig mad (as variant of *gydig), derivative of god God, presumably orig. “possessed by a divine being”
Related forms
giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
ungiddy, adjective
1. lightheaded, vertiginous. 3. unstable, volatile, fickle, inconstant, vacillating. Unabridged
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  • Still more strange to see him giddily perched upon the loggerhead itself, under such circumstances.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • "Yes, you are finer and nobler than most women," he said giddily.

  • The brig was sheering swiftly and giddily through a long, cresting swell.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The columns danced and giddily wobbled––and at the foot there was only––Mary-Clare!

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • She went in, and the elevator shot her giddily upwards to the twenty-second floor.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • She arose at last, and giddily crossed the room, and rang the bell.

    The Actress' Daughter May Agnes Fleming
  • Beneath the cool, wide stare of that great mountain, men cannot live as giddily as in some lesser summer's playground.

    Darkwater W. E. B. Du Bois
  • For even as they approached them, one, the priest, rose slowly and giddily to his feet.

    Count Hannibal Stanley J. Weyman
  • "They say heaps of other things too," cried Leonide giddily.

British Dictionary definitions for giddily


adjective -dier, -diest
affected with a reeling sensation and feeling as if about to fall; dizzy
causing or tending to cause vertigo
impulsive; scatterbrained
my giddy aunt, an exclamation of surprise
verb -dies, -dying, -died
to make or become giddy
Derived Forms
giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gydig mad, frenzied, possessed by God; related to God
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Word Origin and History for giddily

mid-13c., from giddy + -ly (2).



Old English gidig, variant of gydig "insane, mad, stupid, possessed (by a spirit)," probably from Proto-Germanic *gud-iga-, from *gudam "god" + *-ig "possessed." Meaning "having a confused, swimming sensation" is from 1560s. Meaning "elated" is from 1540s. Related: Giddily; giddiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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