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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪdi/

Definition of giddy in English:

adjective (giddier, giddiest)

1Having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy: Luke felt almost giddy with relief
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  • 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).
1.1Disorientating and alarming, but exciting: her giddy rise to power
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  • 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: Isobel’s giddy young sister-in-law
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  • 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.
flighty, silly, frivolous, skittish, irresponsible, flippant, whimsical, capricious, light-minded, feather-brained, scatterbrained, scatty;
careless, thoughtless, heedless, carefree, insouciant
informal dippy, dopey, batty, dotty, nutty
British informal dappy
North American informal ditzy

verb (giddies, giddying, giddied)

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Make (someone) feel excited to the point of disorientation.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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


my giddy aunt!

dated Used to express astonishment.

play the giddy goat

dated Behave in an irresponsible, silly, or playful way.
Example sentences
  • Glassy-eyed school children playing the giddy goat in the corridors seem to concur with us: it is worthy but boring.
  • My father is okay but tired, though he manages to play the giddy goat with his grandsons, who think he's really funny.
  • Dependable and prudent, he often yearns to play the giddy goat and do a comic turn, but he'll only do so with a partner who makes him feel safe.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪdɪli/
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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