gid·​dy | \ ˈgi-dē How to pronounce giddy (audio) \
giddier; giddiest

Definition of giddy

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1a : dizzy giddy from the unaccustomed exercise
b : causing dizziness a giddy height
c : whirling rapidly
2a : lightheartedly silly : frivolous
b : joyfully elated : euphoric was giddy with delight


giddied; giddying

Definition of giddy (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from giddy


giddily \ ˈgi-​də-​lē How to pronounce giddily (audio) \ adverb
giddiness \ ˈgi-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce giddiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of giddy in a Sentence

Adjective The news made him positively giddy. He was giddy with delight. The room was filled with giddy laughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Both my husband and I, even our toddler, are giddy with anticipation. Tatyana Ali, Essence, "‘Birthright’: Tatyana Ali’s Heartfelt Essay On The Importance and Beauty Of A Black Woman’s Pregnancy Journey," 2 Oct. 2019 Book lovers both, Irene Kistler, the former teacher, and Robin Bernhard, the librarian, were giddy at their good fortune in bumping into one another at the fundraiser for the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonio book lovers gather to help fight cancer," 23 Oct. 2019 Russell is giddy to share a backcourt with his longtime idol, Curry. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors embrace change, enter season excited about the possibilities," 30 Sep. 2019 Isaacson’s book explores the triumph of her team; the journey of teenage girls, giddy and determined en route to their goal; and the way competitive sports served as a refuge and outlet. Shannon Ryan,, "‘We thought this was just the beginning.’ A new book relives Niles West’s 1979 girls basketball state title. Author Melissa Isaacson says progress 40 years later has ‘been disappointing during various times.’," 12 Aug. 2019 Three Democrats — Buttigieg, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro — have campaigned in the valley so far, leaving some residents giddy at the unusual attention. Melanie Mason,, "California’s long-overlooked Central Valley holds new allure for 2020 candidates," 4 June 2019 Nevertheless, the Cubs felt giddy about pulling out the win. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant’s 2-run homer in the 8th — the game’s 5th lead change — gives the Cubs a wild 12-11 win over the Giants," 22 Aug. 2019 Judging by his Twitter response, Netanyahu was giddy with excitement. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Trump may no longer be the gift that keeps on giving for Netanyahu," 16 Sep. 2019 So, while everyone around him Sunday was giddy over his 81 yards of brilliance, Pope remained all business. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Can Troymaine Pope finally cut it with Chargers after years of falling short in NFL?," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The guests giddied into the night no doubt writing fantasy Christmas lists: a playful pair of ear clips made of amethyst, Ceylon sapphire, and diamonds by JAR or a mighty Cartier emerald-and-diamond necklace? Vogue, "Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis Hosted a Dinner to Celebrate Her Curation of Sotheby’s Jewelry Auction Last Night in London," 18 Oct. 2019 Though the Illinois man was lucky enough to giddy up and grab a quick taco, other hungry equestrians have made headlines for being turned away. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Taco Bell serves man with horse-drawn cart in drive-thru," 22 May 2018 Many Democrats giddy from their recent health policy successes are starting to reach enthusiastically for a mountaintop goal: establishing a single-payer system for all Americans. Margot Sanger-katz, New York Times, "How Single-Payer Health Care Could Trip Up Democrats," 11 Sep. 2017 These giddying sums are shaking the landscape of pro soccer. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "President Xi’s Great Chinese Soccer Dream," 4 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of giddy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for giddy

Adjective and Verb

Middle English gidy mad, foolish, from Old English gydig possessed, mad; akin to Old English god god

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The first known use of giddy was in the 14th century

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Giddy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of giddy

: playful and silly
: feeling or showing great happiness and joy
: causing dizziness


gid·​dy | \ ˈgi-dē How to pronounce giddy (audio) \
giddier; giddiest

Kids Definition of giddy

1 : having a feeling of whirling or spinning about : dizzy
2 : causing dizziness a giddy height
3 : playful and silly giddy children
4 : feeling and showing great happiness and joy The good news made us giddy.

Other Words from giddy

giddiness noun


gid·​dy | \ ˈgid-ē How to pronounce giddy (audio) \
giddier; giddiest

Medical Definition of giddy

1 : dizzy
2 : affected with gid giddy sheep

Other Words from giddy

giddiness \ -​nəs How to pronounce giddiness (audio) \ noun

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