- Often conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
Origin of conniption
Examples from the Web for conniption
It isn't wise to have a conniption fit every time you lose a trick.You Should Worry Says John Henry
George V. Hobart
On the bank the Wildcat had launched into his third conniption fit.Lady Luck
That dog of yours, Carlyn May, will give Jimmy a conniption fit yet.Carolyn of the Corners
Ruth Belmore Endicott
She said she almost had a conniption fit but Emma kept hold of her.Village Life in America 1852-1872
Caroline Cowles Richards
Amelia Ramsey would have had a conniption fit if she had known that her precious boy was working out.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- (often plural) US and Canadian slang a fit of rage or tantrums
Word Origin and History for conniption
1833, American English, origin uncertain; perhaps related to corruption, which was used in a sense of "anger" from 1799, or from English dialectal canapshus "ill-tempered, captious," probably a corruption of captious.