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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There may be room here for an upset from Colman, whose Queen Anne was a delirious heap of emotions. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 But nothing that happens on or off any diamond is likely to match the most downright delirious day in spring-training history. Bob Greene, WSJ, "A Baseball Slugfest to Remember," 20 Feb. 2019 Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time, a goal that sent the Koreans cheering in Kazan and the Mexicans delirious in Yekaterinburg. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, "Defending champions Germany eliminated from World Cup after losing Korea," 27 June 2018 At the parade, Ovechkin hoisted the Cup to display to the delirious from the top of an open-topped double-decker bus, two of which carried the team down the route with an escort of motorcycle police and kilt-wearing bagpipers. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Washington celebrates the Capitals first Stanley Cup with a victory parade and rally," 12 June 2018 But at this bewitching hour, there is delirious joy in eating while walking alone through a sea of bodies. Grace Ann Leadbeater, Vogue, "A Roman Holiday-Inspired Trip, for the 21st-Century Princess Ann," 24 July 2018 Hubbell and Donohue, who represent the Lansing Skating Club, looked in awe, in a moment of delirious joy, after winning the ice-dance competition on Sunday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with 197.12 points. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Lansing's Hubbell, Donohue surprise to win U.S. Figure Skating title," 7 Jan. 2018 Tukka caught the toy in a frenzy, salivating at the smell of it, chewing it with delirious pleasure. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018 Abadi's December declaration that the Islamic State had been defeated in Iraq had sparked delirious celebrations and pronouncements that Iraq was about to usher in a new era. chicagotribune.com, "Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr takes surprise lead in Iraq's election as prime minister falters," 14 May 2018

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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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delirious

adjective

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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