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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As many as one in four hospital patients become delirious, with the risk increasing for older patients and those who have had surgery, according to studies. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "No Benefit Seen From Antipsychotics Used in Delirious Hospital Patients," 22 Oct. 2018 Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz on a delirious day of nine players sharing space atop the leaderboard Saturday. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters," 14 Apr. 2019 The crowd was delirious, Woods seemed genuinely appreciative and nobody seemed to care much that Brooks Koepka held off Woods to win his second major of the year. Wsj Sports Staff, WSJ, "A Philly Special. A 7-Hour World Series Game. A Memorable Tweet.," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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