vertigo

noun

ver·​ti·​go ˈvər-ti-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio)
plural vertigoes or vertigos
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Despite missing three weeks, Meadows is healthy and refuses to use his stint with vertigo as an excuse for his performance at the plate. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2022 Other symptoms can include hearing loss and vertigo. CBS News, 17 June 2022 Don’t surrender yourself to the lethal vertigo of radio and television. Jean Cocteau, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The two fill roster spots for outfielders Austin Meadows (vertigo) and Victor Reyes (quad strain), who hit the 10-day injury list. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2022 But each artist’s trembling voice turns vulnerability into a participatory party, united less by bad vibes than by the vertigo created by life’s turbulence. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2021 October brought more vertigo as stocks quickly recovered. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 6 Oct. 2022 This mental vertigo works itself into Donne’s poems in ways large and small. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 The height of that perch induced a feeling like vertigo. Simon Shuster, Time, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Vertigo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vertigo. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

vertigo

noun

ver·​ti·​go ˈvərt-i-ˌgō How to pronounce vertigo (audio)
plural vertigoes or vertigos
1
: a sensation in which a person or a person's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily
2
: a confused or bewildered state of mind

Medical Definition

vertigo

noun

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

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