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 The Jimmys, both Fallon and Kimmel, seemed exceptionally giddy. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "After four years of skewering Trump, the late-night TV hosts delight in his loss to Biden," 10 Nov. 2020 Investors appeared positively giddy on Monday, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average up more than 1,550 points, or about 5.4%, and bolstering the S&P 500 Index by 3.8%. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "How Pfizer vaccine could help lift economy out of COVID-19 pandemic rut," 9 Nov. 2020 By Thursday, as the election tilted more toward Biden, Duarte was getting giddy. Los Angeles Times, "In Trump-loving Newport Beach, the faithful make no apologies," 6 Nov. 2020 The two-minute long trailer also shows us the moment Dale steps out of the limo — an encounter that leaves Clare positively giddy. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Bachelorette trailer: 'I definitely feel like I just met my husband'," 13 Oct. 2020 Among Democrats there was a dance between the crouched trauma of 2016 and giddy anticipation that this might be the series finale of the Trump show. Washington Post, "The day that never ended," 4 Nov. 2020 Dressed in a suffragist white suit à la Hillary Clinton, Wong bounces around the Douglas with the giddy joy of a person who has found an open back window after locking herself out of her home while taking out the garbage. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Kristina Wong for Public Office’ has his vote on the Kirk Douglas virtual stage," 1 Nov. 2020 Last week, Jim Harbaugh seemed giddy following the Wolverines' victory over Minnesota while lauding his team’s crisp performance. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Disappointment of Jim Harbaugh era returns as Michigan falls to heavy underdog MSU," 31 Oct. 2020 Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, conceived 30 years ago in the giddy aftermath of German reunification as a symbol of freedom and modernity, has instead become the butt of jokes. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "New Airport, Beleaguered Symbol of ‘Irreverent’ Berlin, Is Opening at Long Last," 24 Oct. 2020 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, "Houston Ballet celebrates 50th anniversary with a golden, record-breaking $1.8 million gala," 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, "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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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Giddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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