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 The Bing show is filled with a delirious sense of discovery and possibility that radiates from her use of the Leica, a camera soon taken up by other giants of 20th century photography including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz and Robert Capa. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates mid-century modern photography by Ilse Bing, ‘Queen of the Leica’," 12 July 2020 In overburdened intensive-care units, delirious patients are seeing chilling hallucinations. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, "This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster," 7 July 2020 Believe The delirious celebrations following the 1997 championship came to a halt the following Friday, June 13. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup champions breakdown: Which recent team was your favorite?," 29 Apr. 2020 These two, for a brand of soap called Bris, are delirious delights. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Twenty-Three Short Films (and TV Commercials!) of Unusual Artistry," 16 Apr. 2020 Among those early finds was a 1700-year-old tunic, the oldest piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway and one that is puzzlingly complete, perhaps tossed off by a traveler in the delirious late stages of hypothermia. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Treasure Trove of Artifacts Illustrates Life in a Lost Viking Mountain Pass," 15 Apr. 2020 Some patients’ teeth and nails fell out; other patients became delirious and even violent or suicidal. Wendy Moore, Time, "First the Women Who Ran This U.K. Military Hospital Faced World War I. Then Came the 1918 Flu Pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 In the lower right-hand corner a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. Jared Yates Sexton, The New Republic, "The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague," 25 Mar. 2020 Memory and fantasy blend together in a delirious, psychedelic pastiche with panoramic displays of obscure pop-culture ephemera, while Deitch’s favorite characters, such as Waldo the Cat, drift in and out of the narrative. Françoise Mouly Genevieve Bormes, The New Yorker, "Kim Deitch Spins His Yarns," 25 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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20 Jul 2020

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“Delirious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirious. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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