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giddiness

Line breaks: gid¦di|ness
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪdɪnəs
 
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Definition of giddiness in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizziness: symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and giddiness
More example sentences
  • The inner ear is the site of origin of giddiness in nearly 90 per cent of patients.
  • I question whether the persistent giddiness I feel around bristlecones is the altitude or a sense of their profound preeminence.
  • Extreme anxiety can cause giddiness, heart palpitations, headaches or stomach disorders.
Synonyms
dizziness, light-headedness, loss of balance/equilibrium, spinning/swimming of the head;
faintness, weakness at the knees, unsteadiness, shakiness, wobbliness;
Scottish mirligoes, dwalm
informal wooziness, legs like jelly, rubbery legs
technical megrim, sturdy, scotoma
archaic turnsick
rare vertiginousness
2A state of excitable frivolity: the fans can be forgiven their giddiness
More example sentences
  • They bring to mind the pop of Champagne corks, the confetti, the giddiness, the hubbub.
  • His desire to be of service to her only increased her giddiness.
  • They all enjoy themselves to the point of giddiness.

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