giddy

adjective
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

giddy

verb
giddied; giddying

Definition of giddy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become giddy

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Other Words from giddy

Adjective

giddily \ ˈgi-​də-​lē \ adverb
giddiness \ ˈgi-​dē-​nəs \ 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

But Time magazine employees are giddy about the sale anyway. Peter Kafka, Recode, "After Benioff’s big deal, Time is bringing back the bar cart," 17 Sep. 2018 Unlike other designers who struggle with taking over a brand while its namesake is still alive, Gordon, who presents his first runway show for Herrera this month, seems giddy about the history before him. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Meet Wes Gordon, the Young Man Leading the Next Chapter of Carolina Herrera," 8 Aug. 2018 On a recent morning in the capital, Juba, giddy children waited to receive their training jerseys as cows grazed on the makeshift field. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace," 28 Sep. 2018 The group of staffers, mostly women, fills seats around Wolfe Herd; the theater, with its menu of food and cocktails, provides a giddy sense of playing hooky rather than one of required reading. Daphne Beal, Marie Claire, "Whitney Wolfe Herd Has Big Plans for Bumble in 2019," 20 Sep. 2018 The Felice Brothers play big-hearted and broad-minded American music that has the giddy restless spirit and greed-bashing zeal of Dylan’s idol Woody Guthrie. John Adamian, courant.com, "Felice Brothers To Play Space Ballroom," 17 Mar. 2018 Groene was still regaining feeling in her fingertips, but was giddy. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "German hiker, stuck on the Pacific Crest Trail, saved by a stranger," 1 Nov. 2018 But the atmosphere is as giddy as a fairground, a metaphor for Kantor, who found emotional realism in the antic jumble of genres and tones. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "With 'A Pink Chair,' Wooster Group conjures from spirits from theater's past," 7 Apr. 2018 Investors get giddy when Apple sells more-expensive phones. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR," 13 Sep. 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

Adjective

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

Verb

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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giddy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of giddy

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

giddy

adjective
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

giddy

adjective
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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