Definition of vertiginous in English:

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vertiginous

Pronunciation: /vəːˈtɪdʒɪnəs/

adjective

1Extremely high or steep: vertiginous drops to the valleys below
More example sentences
  • Hadid's graphics remind me of the steep perspectives and vertiginous sweep of illustrations in science fiction comics.
  • As in the New York skyscraper photographs that followed, Church Street El features the blank faces of several buildings seen from a steep vertiginous view.
  • This year's vertiginous drop in the Nasdaq market has caused Shin to rethink its timing, but its preparations are well advanced.
1.1Relating to or affected by vertigo.
Example sentences
  • Although it is tempting to get close to the edge the terrain is daunting - a 12m drop deters clumsy, vertiginous or litigious tourists.
  • As she lifted herself up from the computer console, walking towards her cabin in a dizzy, almost vertiginous way, she tripped on a sharp object.
  • In this vertiginous mode, Armantrout can sound less like other ‘Language writers’ than like an improbably terse stand-up comic.

Derivatives

vertiginously

adverb
Example sentences
  • With an estimated price of $40-50 million, the bidding started at $20m and rose vertiginously.
  • The road twists vertiginously around sharp drop-offs, and nighttime is when poisonous fer-de-lance snakes slither across the road.
  • Inside the Lada, the mood swings vertiginously between country-lovesick and Elvis Crespo's power salsa.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vertiginosus, from vertigo 'whirling about' (see vertigo).

Words that rhyme with vertiginous

fuliginous, indigenous, oxygenous, polygynous, rubiginous

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