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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Recent Examples on the Web That clinched the division title for the Braves and prompted many of the 47,457 delirious fans to rush the field. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Tommy Lasorda, ‘lovable villain’ in Giants-Dodgers rivalry, dies at 93," 8 Jan. 2021 Though the Saints would certainly rather play in the comfort of their Dome than outdoors in the frigid Wisconsin winter, the usual delirious atmosphere of the Superdome in January won’t be an asset this year. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "As Saints showed Sunday against the Eagles, not all losses are equal," 14 Dec. 2020 Grover, who was brought to life by a puppeteer from Bangladesh, was soon surrounded by delirious children. NBC News, "Sesame Street unveils Rohingya Muppets to help kids overcome 'unthinkable horrors'," 17 Dec. 2020 The Pogues started by playing traditional songs on throwback instruments (a tin whistle figures prominently), then adding MacGowan’s own compositions to the set list, leaving audiences delirious with both the energy of the music and national pride. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Pleasure and the Pain of Shane MacGowan," 5 Dec. 2020 Voters last week contrived to at once reject Donald Trump while also humbling and hobbling those delirious with hatred of Trump and drunk with admiration of their own virtue. Star Tribune, "Oust Trump. Disappoint the left. Just right.," 7 Nov. 2020 The sketch kicked off with Beck Bennett as Wolf Blitzer and Alex Moffat as John King, delirious after days in the studio staring at maps. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "SNL gleefully slams ‘loser’ Trump’s defeat and celebrates Biden’s victory," 8 Nov. 2020 That’s a little more than a month after Netflix releases Murphy’s film, which tells the same tale with a starrier cast, fancier sets, delirious wigs and an orchestra that includes four French horns, four more than the Broadway pit could afford. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Hamilton’ Was Just the Beginning. Hollywood Loves Broadway, Again.," 4 Nov. 2020 For a brief, delirious moment, suspended at the top of what was once the largest, deepest gold mine in North America, everything went quiet. Ryan Bradley, Popular Science, "Glimpse the gold mine where scientists are searching for dark matter," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2021

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“Delirious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirious. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for delirious

delirious

adjective
How to pronounce delirious (audio)

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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