nounNorth American • informal
- A fit of rage or hysterics: his client was having conniptions on the phoneMore example sentences
- A simple phrase, ‘Could you maybe check who's at the door,’ or perhaps ‘Could you please pick up your dishes,’ would send her into conniptions.
- It's not so bad when you're completing a single race or time trial but when you're halfway through 44 laps and you're fighting for top spot in the overall standings it's enough to give you conniptions.
- While I contemplate my future employment, the vagaries of industrial action and the particular pleasures of friendship, this month's bag of hormones are giving me conniptions.
mid 19th century: probably an invented word.
More definitions of conniptionDefinition of conniption in:
- The US English dictionary