delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio) \

Definition of delirious

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium delirious mutterings
2 : affected with or marked by delirium delirious with fever delirious fans

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Other Words from delirious

deliriously adverb
deliriousness noun

Examples of delirious in a Sentence

As the child's temperature went up, he became delirious and didn't know where he was. He was delirious with fever. a group of delirious fans celebrating the team's victory
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Recent Examples on the Web Now, cable news is filled with pernicious, misleading, delirious nonsense instead — a considerably worse state of affairs. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "CNN Is Not a News Network," 19 Dec. 2019 Eddie Murphy is practically delirious with excitement over his upcoming Coming to America sequel. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Eddie Murphy Says He's 'Over the Moon' with His Upcoming Coming to America Sequel," 9 Dec. 2019 His ability to connect image to meaning, emotion to politics, and behavior to morality is highly sophisticated — though delirious. Armond White, National Review, "Tattoo of Revenge Turns Our Modern Spiritual Crisis into Film Noir," 20 Sep. 2019 Quickly, delirious Berliners surged through the old checkpoints or clambered over the wall. The Economist, "Climate, freedom and denial: What “Green Thatcherism” teaches us today," 22 Nov. 2019 As delirious fans, suddenly in a forgiving mood, reached over the brick wall to slap Book on the shoulder pads and that famous gold helmet, the unshakable redshirt junior from El Dorado Hills in Northern California basked in the glory. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Ian Book, unshaken by the critics, leads late comeback win for Notre Dame," 2 Nov. 2019 The band makes maximalist face-melting delirious freak rock. John Adamian, courant.com, "Best bets: Our picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 29 Sep. 2019 His records are like raunchy and delirious stand-up comedy albums told in hip-hop. John Adamian, courant.com, "Older and wiser Danny Brown playing at Toad’s Place," 8 Nov. 2019 Trying to maintain a façade of complete calm, Charlie grasps at his own bleeding body with delirious casualness, pretending to ignore a wound that everyone can see. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Marriage Story Examines the Details of Love and Loss," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of delirious

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delirious

see delirium

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The first known use of delirious was in 1599

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Delirious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirious. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for delirious

delirious

adjective
How to pronounce delirious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of delirious

: not able to think or speak clearly especially because of fever or other illness
: very excited

delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio) \

Kids Definition of delirious

1 : not able to think or speak clearly usually because of a high fever or other illness
2 : wildly excited

Other Words from delirious

deliriously adverb deliriously happy

delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio) \

Medical Definition of delirious

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium
2 : affected with or marked by delirium

Other Words from delirious

deliriously adverb

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