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

Other Words from giddy


giddily \ ˈgi-​də-​lē How to pronounce giddy (audio) \ adverb
giddiness \ ˈgi-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce giddy (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 The images of the giddy men are interspersed with short clips of Phyllis talking to her kids about family. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 13 Nov. 2021 Caught on camera were giddy guests dancing along to a live DJ set by Noodz and guests securing selfies for memory’s sake. Jamila Stewart, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2021 The giddy couple from Nuevo Laredo had a list of must-get items from the Holy Trinity of discount wholesale retailers: Walmart, Sam’s Club and the HEB grocery store off Interstate 35. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Shallow Hal was directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who had previously brought to the world Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and other films known for their giddy unions of humor and heart. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 The movie’s element of humor and absurdity is the giddy wonder of miracles in plain sight, and its element of rock brings the eternal teen-age spirit of revolt onto the grand historical stage. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 Then, in mid-September 2016, Wright and Allen showed up to a meeting downright giddy. Mike Levine, ABC News, 31 Oct. 2021 During his pre-curtain welcome Thursday, artistic director Michael Pink expressed his excitement about returning to the big venue by slapping the stage floor, like a giddy point guard reclaiming the hardwood. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Oct. 2021 Drew Eubanks greeted him with a violently giddy chest bump. San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That's when Watters giddied-up onstage to show off his moves which have since gone viral. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 11 Sep. 2017 These giddying sums are shaking the landscape of pro soccer. Chris Buckley, New York Times, 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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21 Nov 2021

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“Giddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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 giddy (audio) \ noun

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