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[kuh-nip-shuh n] /kəˈnɪp ʃən/
Often, conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
Also called conniption fit.
Origin of conniption
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for conniption fit
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  • 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
  • That dog of yours, Carlyn May, will give Jimmy a conniption fit yet.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • On the bank the Wildcat had launched into his third conniption fit.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • She said she almost had a conniption fit but Emma kept hold of her.

    Village Life in America 1852-1872 Caroline Cowles Richards
  • So dont have a conniption fit right off, because Ive thought it all out and I know just exactly what I can do.

    Three Little Women Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • “If you don't come away from that window and set on the sofa I shall have a conniption fit,” she said.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It isn't wise to have a conniption fit every time you lose a trick.

  • One of the lawyers took the horrors, and had to be taken home in a carriage—threw a conniption fit every block!

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • Other men have been in love beforeor thought they wasand it aint given em a conniption fit.

  • Jim Barlow would have a conniption fit if he ever knew what Aurora Blank had said.

    Dorothy's Triumph Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for conniption fit


(often pl) (US & Canadian, slang) a fit of rage or tantrums
Word Origin
C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for conniption fit



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for conniption fit

conniption fit

noun phrase

A violent tantrum; hysterics; Catfit, duck-fit: Please don't throw a conniption fit over the news

[first form 1833+, second 1848+; origin unknown; the later term catnip fit is a stab at folk etymology]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with conniption fit


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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