giddy

[gid-ee]
adjective, giddier, giddiest.
1.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
2.
attended with or causing dizziness: a giddy climb.
3.
frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty: a giddy young person.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), giddied, giddying.
4.
to make or become giddy.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English gidy, Old English gidig mad (as variant of *gydig), derivative of god God, presumably orig. “possessed by a divine being”

giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
ungiddy, adjective


1. lightheaded, vertiginous. 3. unstable, volatile, fickle, inconstant, vacillating.
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giddy (ˈɡɪdɪ)
 
adj , -dier, -diest
1.  affected with a reeling sensation and feeling as if about to fall; dizzy
2.  causing or tending to cause vertigo
3.  impulsive; scatterbrained
4.  my giddy aunt an exclamation of surprise
 
vb , -dier, -diest, -dies, -dying, -died
5.  to make or become giddy
 
[Old English gydig mad, frenzied, possessed by God; related to God]
 
'giddily
 
adv
 
'giddiness
 
n

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giddy
O.E. gidig, variant of *gydig "insane, mad, stupid, possessed by a spirit," probably from P.Gmc. *guthigaz, from *guthan "god" + *-ig "possessed." Meaning "having a confused, swimming sensation" is from 1570.
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Example sentences
He was in full possession of his faculties, free from confusion or giddiness,
  but his hands were still trembling.
When you gamble on something you don't understand and/or can't control, that's
  giddiness.
There are looks of self-consciousness, of curiosity, of giddiness.
Its lavishness is close to delirium, its giddiness beyond camp.
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