delirious

adjective

de·​lir·​i·​ous di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium
delirious mutterings
2
: affected with or marked by delirium
delirious with fever
delirious fans
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 But what throws Adam is when these two different relationship journeys begin to tie together and unravel in delirious fashion. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 His third directorial venture, 2006's The Host, is a delirious, exciting, funny, and at times quite terrifying genre mash-up with a side of social commentary. Katie Rife, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2023 British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s helmed a gonzo fantasy with a cross-dressing Robert De Niro, a vigilante superhero flick with a foul-mouthed, killer kid, and a delirious spin on Bond with Colin Firth. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 3 Feb. 2024 In Merlo’s delirious play—staged by the director Jack Serio with the audience seated at a long table in a pitch-dark room—a genderqueer teen is missing, and their detective father is on the case. The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 Poor Things François Ozon’s delirious feminist farce captures the inanity of the #MeToo movement. Armond White, National Review, 5 Jan. 2024 So Lions fans were justifiably delirious when their team won its division for the first time in three decades and broke its playoff drought this month, beating the Los Angeles Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ken Belson, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Advertisement The Rams will play the third-seeded Lions next Sunday night in a wild-card game at what is sure to be a delirious Ford Field. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2024 The scene was now delirious—as though the war was over and the Palestinian cause had been won. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see delirium

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of delirious was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Delirious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirious. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio)
1
: affected with, marked by, or characteristic of delirium
2
: wildly excited
delirious fans
deliriously adverb
deliriousness noun

Medical Definition

delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium
2
: affected with or marked by delirium
deliriously adverb

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