delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio) \

Definition of delirious

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium delirious mutterings
2 : affected with or marked by delirium delirious with fever delirious fans

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Other Words from delirious

deliriously adverb
deliriousness noun

Examples of delirious in a Sentence

As the child's temperature went up, he became delirious and didn't know where he was. He was delirious with fever. a group of delirious fans celebrating the team's victory
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Recent Examples on the Web But his doctor drowns and Tony, delirious and alone, wanders into a far more sinister snare, set by the insidious Mr. Todd. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 The extra-inning baseball could have been reminiscent of the first game at County Stadium in 1953, when Bill Bruton’s 10th-inning home run sent the delirious crowd of 34,000 fans home happy. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 Logan Webb did it all in leading San Francisco to its first division crown since 2012, delighting a delirious, deafening crowd of 36,901. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2021 This year’s Olympics, which could have been a delirious relief from pandemic fatigue and encroaching new variants, were badly marred by low ratings and confusing communication from NBC on whether Peacock users could access them or not. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 2 Oct. 2021 The North Water hints at this connection, not by bringing the story to the present but by turning its characters’ delirious quest for profit into the natural state of man. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2021 Lin has been attached to the property since 2011, which has seen delirious speculation over the potential lead cast for years. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 15 Sep. 2021 Now that her career has been suddenly mooted, her own mother has sunk into a depression and she’s all but delirious with grief, Kimberly is agitating for influence in the Brown administration. Judy Berman, Time, 8 Sep. 2021 Each episode of the YouTube series processing the original series is a digestible, slightly delirious snack. Michelle Rui, Vogue, 28 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of delirious

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delirious

see delirium

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13 Oct 2021

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“Delirious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delirious. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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delirious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of delirious

: not able to think or speak clearly especially because of fever or other illness
: very excited

delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio) \

Kids Definition of delirious

1 : not able to think or speak clearly usually because of a high fever or other illness
2 : wildly excited

Other Words from delirious

deliriously adverb deliriously happy

delirious

adjective
de·​lir·​i·​ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs How to pronounce delirious (audio) \

Medical Definition of delirious

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium
2 : affected with or marked by delirium

Other Words from delirious

deliriously adverb

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