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

Definition of giddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

intransitive verb

: to become giddy

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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


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

Poor Hannah got a tough Bachelor edit, giddy with delight over meeting Colton's parents only to be sent packing a few hours later. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Mike Johnson Be the Next 'Bachelor'? Here Are the Potential Clues," 18 June 2019 Now, those in the state's marijuana industry are giddy at the thought of the future. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Podcast: Why Arizona will probably legalize recreational marijuana in 2020," 26 June 2019 Pelicans defensive coordinator Darren Erman must be giddy at the thought of throwing the rangy Ball and sticky Holiday at opposing backcourts next season. Jeff Duncan,, "Anthony Davis trade creates endless possibilities, bright future for Pelicans," 16 June 2019 But they more than made up for that with giddy, infectious energy that kept fans screaming all night. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "New Kids on the Block keep Xcel Energy crowd on their feet with infectious, campy energy," 11 June 2019 The $99 fares to Europe sold themselves and prompted plenty of giddy news coverage about upstarts undercutting the airlines of old. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Other times, the chemistry was giddy, electric, delicious. Hannah Orenstein,, "How working as a matchmaker ruined my love life," 30 June 2018 Outside competition aside, the 5SOS boys were in giddy, good spirits over breakfast in New York at their Lower East Side hotel on the morning of Youngblood's release. Chris Payne, Billboard, "5 Seconds of Summer Want You Back: 'Our Purpose Is Very Different Than Other Bands'," 23 June 2018 In a sport dominated by pampered, stern-faced millionaires, Iceland’s roster is filled with giddy, blue-collar grinders. Kevin Baxter,, "Everyone likes Iceland — except the teams that have to play it," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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