vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go | \ ˈvər-ti-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio) \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Definition of vertigo

1a : a sensation of motion in which the individual or the individual's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily
b : a dizzy confused state of mind
2 : disordered vertiginous movement as a symptom of disease in lower animals also : a disease (such as gid) causing this

Examples of vertigo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The LED Incapacitator has a packed array of colored, flashing LEDs that emit a variable pattern discovered to affect the most people, causing nausea, vertigo, and disorientation. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Weird History of Strobe Weapons," 11 Feb. 2019 Beyond that, a perforated eardrum can cause symptoms such as fluid leaking from your ear, vertigo that might induce nausea or vomiting, hearing loss, and a ringing sound in your ear, according to the Mayo Clinic. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 In all, about one-quarter of people exposed to strobes feel what's called the Bucha Effect or flicker vertigo. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Weird History of Strobe Weapons," 11 Feb. 2019 Problems in the inner ear — where head position is perceived — are the most common cause of nystagmus, usually accompanied by vertigo. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?," 1 May 2018 Those prone to vertigo should be ready to cover their eyes. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 11 best documentaries of 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 The song uses Minimalistic keyboards to capture the vertigo of infatuation, until drums kick in and insist on a direction. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Lost (and Found) John Coltrane, and 10 More New Songs," 29 June 2018 Think of the heightened magical realism of A Little Princess, the extraordinary long takes in the painfully relevant Children of Men, or the weightless vertigo feeling of watching Gravity. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Rangers found their bodies about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that offers spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley below. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Indian couple who died in Yosemite took risks for photos," 31 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vertigo.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of vertigo

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vertigo

Middle English, from Latin vertigin-, vertigo, from vertere to turn

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vertigo

Dictionary Entries near vertigo

verticity

vertiginate

vertiginous

vertigo

verting

vert russe

vertu

Statistics for vertigo

Last Updated

11 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vertigo

The first known use of vertigo was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vertigo

vertigo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vertigo

: a feeling of dizziness caused especially by being in a very high place

vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go | \ ˈvər-ti-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio) \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Kids Definition of vertigo

: a feeling of dizziness

vertigo

noun
ver·​ti·​go | \ ˈvərt-i-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio) \
plural vertigoes or vertigos

Medical Definition of vertigo

1 : a sensation of motion which is associated with various disorders (as of the inner ear) and in which the individual or the individual's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily — see objective vertigo, subjective vertigo — compare dizziness
2 : disordered vertiginous movement as a symptom of disease in lower animals also : a disease (as gid) causing this

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on vertigo

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with vertigo

Spanish Central: Translation of vertigo

Nglish: Translation of vertigo for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of vertigo for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about vertigo

Comments on vertigo

What made you want to look up vertigo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!