delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \di-ˈlir-ē-əs \

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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To treat the delirious patients, hospitals often give intravenous injections of one of the drugs. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "No Benefit Seen From Antipsychotics Used in Delirious Hospital Patients," 22 Oct. 2018 The majority of the fashion set tends to be slightly delirious on the last day of shows, and who can blame them? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Alexa Chung Gets Ready for the Miu Miu Show With Tea, Cookies, and a Pair of Leather Hot Pants," 4 Oct. 2018 Nack wrote: To find him, to see him, had become a kind of crazy and delirious obsession, the kind of insanity that has hounded other men in search of, say, the Loch Ness monster. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering William Nack: A Passionate, Personable Master of His Craft," 14 Apr. 2018 Eighty-five thousand Real Madrid fans on Monday night attended the church of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu before 50 or so delirious stage invaders chased him from it. SI.com, "On This Day in 2009: Cristiano Ronaldo Was Officially Unveiled as a Real Madrid Player," 6 July 2018 Prime Minister Haider al-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. Washington Post, "Boycotters shake up Iraq’s election, which was marked by historically low turnout," 13 May 2018 Ayrault made the second and then a desperation heave from Dakota missed as time expired to send North into a delirious celebration. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe North defeats rival Macomb Dakota in regional semifinal," 6 Mar. 2018 The now Barça's star's finest performance in a Liverpool shirt was quite possibly his four-goal outing against Norwich that December, with his confidence at a delirious high, all four strikes were works of art. SI.com, "FanView: Messi Comparisons Are Hyperbole But 4-Goal Salah Is Emulating Suarez at Liverpool," 18 Mar. 2018 If a person seems genuinely delirious or distressed, reduce the stimulus in the room: Lower the lights, keep voices down. Sallie Tisdale, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Expect, Say, and Do When a Loved One Is About to Die," 13 June 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of delirious 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium

2 : affected with or marked by delirium

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deliriously adverb

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