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[dih-leer-ee-uh s] /dɪˈlɪər i əs/
Pathology. affected with or characteristic of delirium.
wild with excitement, enthusiasm, etc.:
She was delirious with joy at the news.
Origin of delirious
First recorded in 1590-1600; deliri(um) + -ous
Related forms
deliriously, adverb
deliriousness, noun
nondelirious, adjective
nondeliriously, adverb
nondeliriousness, noun
undelirious, adjective
undeliriously, adverb
2. thrilled, excited, ecstatic. Unabridged
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  • The average white man in my opinion would be deliriously drunk before the Mandya or Manbo would be feeling merry.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • For she was in love—she knew it now—wildly, deliriously, gloriously in love with Owen.

    The Making of a Soul Kathlyn Rhodes
  • As he went off, she carried the possum indoors, and was deliriously happy for hours.

  • Torchy is just as deliriously funny in these stories as he was in the previous book.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Always in fairy tales and wonder stories, the houses were deliriously strange.

  • She was too deliriously happy to speak, and the only words she could have said were, I love you, I love you.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for deliriously


affected with delirium
wildly excited, esp with joy or enthusiasm
Derived Forms
deliriously, adverb
deliriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deliriously



1703, from stem of delirium + -ous. Figurative use attested from 1791. Related: Deliriously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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deliriously in Medicine

delirious de·lir·i·ous (dĭ-lēr'ē-əs)
Of, suffering from, or characteristic of delirium.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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