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 In the delirious celebrations that followed, Jürgen Klinsmann, who played on the German squad in 1996 and is now a BBC commentator, summed up the stakes. Mark Landler, New York Times, 6 July 2021 The back and forth between these two figures — between, essentially, man and fate — has a delicious, delirious existential kick. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 The audience by that time was mostly maskless and delirious as well. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Fans on social media were practically delirious as Bogdanovic made shot after shot. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2021 One onlooker who had breathlessly hectored the bulls with delirious cries of incitement took a moment to wipe the sweat from his brown. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 During the pandemic, one of New York City’s greatest qualities — its delirious density — became a liability. New York Times, 9 June 2021 Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George 29 behind metronomic consistency on offense, drilling shot after shot to counter the step-back jumpers by Doncic that gave him 44 points and made the crowd, at times, delirious. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 But this delirious monkey-wrenching did approximately nothing either to derail the juggernaut of ecocidal capitalism or to convert the voting public to the cause. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 26 May 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Delirious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirious. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for delirious

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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