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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Flocks of shrieking delirious teenagers moved hilariously from one place to another, settling and then taking off again into the distance. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The Christie family came to the Fraser home to tell them that Malva was pregnant — and, according to her, by Jamie (Sam Heughan), who Malva claims began an affair with her while Claire was delirious in her sickbed. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2022 His movies have long paid homage to the delirious blood baths of the grind-house era. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Instead, Brown’s delirious, rhapsodic mass of bodies come together and move apart through messier, more quotidian movements like stumbling and falling, even as every slip is meticulously choreographed. Vogue, 17 Mar. 2022 Many older patients in this situation become delirious, or at least anxious and scared. Rachael Bedard, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2022 This type of alienation extends to other conspiracist groups, such as the QAnon community, the delirious right-wing movement that accuses former President Donald Trump’s foes of occult horrors. Kelly Weill, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2022 Weddle’s last several months have been a delirious fairy tale. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 In this delirious action-comedy, Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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28 Apr 2022

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More Definitions for delirious

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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