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giddy

[gid-ee] /ˈgɪd i/
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
1000
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
Synonyms
1. lightheaded, vertiginous. 3. unstable, volatile, fickle, inconstant, vacillating.
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Examples for giddy
  • Gosh, I feel giddy about someone so rarely.
  • Your rendering makes me giddy.
  • We were rather giddy.
  • From the giddy height of the castle wall.
  • But he was as giddy as a kid on his first day of college.
  • Fans seem giddy to be back in the Finals.
  • Pardon me, I'm likely giddy from the burning-off new oven fumes.
  • The whine and warp of his giddy tenor registered the mood swings of his songs.
  • And the initial response was downright giddy.
  • Space scientists are giddy that their work has resulted in success.
British Dictionary definitions for giddy

giddy

/ˈɡɪdɪ/
adjective -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
verb -dies, -dying, -died
5.
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 giddy
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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