gid·​dy | \ˈgi-dē \
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 \ adverb
giddiness \ ˈgi-​dē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for giddy

Synonyms: Adjective

ecstatic, elated, elevated, enrapt, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, heady, intoxicated, rapt, rapturous, rhapsodic (also rhapsodical)

Antonyms: Adjective


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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

Instead, in a giddy bubble of insignificance, the young parties are bustling through the political motions, setting up party headquarters, creating logos and drafting bylaws. Julia Wallace, New York Times, "‘Fireflies’ and ‘Ghosts’ in Cambodia Prop Up Facade of Real Election," 11 July 2018 Last time Marvel's Deadpool landed on cinema screens, the anti-hero blew away expectations with twisted humor and giddy ultra-violence. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Deadpool 2 review: Not better, but still enough bloody fun for series fans," 17 May 2018 But if the younger King’s words suggested he was resigned to death, prophetically aware of what was to come, his face—giddy; relieved—told a more complicated story. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "HBO’s King in the Wilderness Takes On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Act," 30 Mar. 2018 Overall, the last car provides a more forceful and giddy ride experience. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler coaster review," 1 Apr. 2018 By contrast, Trump sounded giddy at the prospect of one-on-one dealings with Kim. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 Now, 15 years later, a giddy email from Duckworth arrived late after the FDA news broke. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville company wins FDA approval to produce opioid withdrawal drug," 30 May 2018 The Musical! turns Lord of the Flies into a giddy musical frolic. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This Fever Ray at Metro and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend," 18 May 2018 Despite the episodes of violence, Iraqis are almost giddy with the unaccustomed degree of normalcy that has been emerging in their lives since ISIS was forced out of its last major stronghold in Mosul, in early 2017. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Baghdad, Iraqis embrace return to normalcy, with eye on its fragility," 7 May 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


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 \
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 \
giddier; giddiest

Medical Definition of giddy 

1 : dizzy

2 : affected with gid giddy sheep

Other Words from giddy

giddiness \ -​nəs \ noun

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