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giddy

Syllabification: gid·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈɡidē
 
/

Definition of giddy in English:

adjective (giddier, giddiest)

1Having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy: I felt giddy and had to steady myself Luke felt almost giddy with relief
More example sentences
  • She was giddy with delight and has now fallen head over heels for his feline charms.
  • It's a mildly light-headed, giddy sensation that starts in the chest and spreads out through the body and along the limbs.
  • They are giddy with jetlag and an unspecified number of rum swizzles (an evening ritual).
Synonyms
dizzy, lightheaded, faint, weak, vertiginous;
unsteady, shaky, wobbly
informal woozy
1.1Disorienting and alarming, but exciting: he has risen to the giddy heights of master
More example sentences
  • We will wait to see whether he ever rises to those giddy heights.
  • There are obvious logistical problems involved in protesting outside such a facility, and it was clear from the outset that the protest was not going to reach the giddy heights of previous campaigns.
  • In the meantime, I've discovered that the book has its own website, which I guess is a mark of it reaching the giddy heights of serious social commentary for the new millennium.
1.2Excitable and frivolous: her giddy young sister-in-law
More example sentences
  • I'm giddy as a young girl in a field, and a little anxious.
  • Just as Christy was replacing the phone on the base, Carmen came tearing into the room, giddy as a young schoolgirl, and grabbed Christy's hand.
  • Queen Rosalind peered across the distance of the causeway towards the horizon with the giddy enthusiasm of a young maid about to receive a precious, long anticipated, gift.
Synonyms
flighty, silly, frivolous, skittish, irresponsible, flippant, whimsical, capricious;
featherbrained, scatty, thoughtless, heedless, carefree
informal dippy, ditzy, flaky

verb (giddies, giddying, giddied)

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Make (someone) feel excited to the point of disorientation: [as adjective]: the giddying speed of the revolving doors
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  • You should just sit back and enjoy it, but I feel slightly giddied by it.
  • Harry was always giddying me too - to loosen up, to see the bigger picture, to just be my total, fabulous, faerie self.
  • Huge aerial motorways sweep between giddying skyscrapers.

Origin

Old English gidig 'insane', literally 'possessed by a god', from the base of God. Current senses date from late Middle English.

Derivatives

giddily

1
Pronunciation: /ˈɡidəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • I have spent two days feeling giddily motivated and productive.
  • John laughed giddily and stood up to try and catch the snowflakes in his mouth.
  • Newly and giddily in love, we were too stubborn to let the weather spoil our plans for the day.

Words that rhyme with giddy

biddy, diddy, kiddie, middy, midi

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