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giddy

[gid-ee] /ˈgɪd i/
adjective, giddier, giddiest.
1.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
2.
attended with or causing dizziness:
a giddy climb.
3.
frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty:
a giddy young person.
verb (used with or without object), giddied, giddying.
4.
to make or become giddy.
Origin of giddy
1000
before 1000; Middle English gidy, Old English gidig mad (as variant of *gydig), derivative of god God, presumably orig. “possessed by a divine being”
Related forms
giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
ungiddy, adjective
Synonyms
1. lightheaded, vertiginous. 3. unstable, volatile, fickle, inconstant, vacillating.
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  • When their giddiness abated, there were blurring views again.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • I remembered the girl, the balcony, and my flight ending in my giddiness and my fall.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • He doesn't look as if he were subject to fits and giddiness.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • When he got down into the street in the full blaze of noon-day, he had a touch of giddiness.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • She felt very weak and weary, but she experienced no giddiness.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for giddiness

giddy

/ˈɡɪdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
affected with a reeling sensation and feeling as if about to fall; dizzy
2.
causing or tending to cause vertigo
3.
impulsive; scatterbrained
4.
my giddy aunt, an exclamation of surprise
verb -dies, -dying, -died
5.
to make or become giddy
Derived Forms
giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gydig mad, frenzied, possessed by God; related to God
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Word Origin and History for giddiness
n.

late 13c., "thoughtless folly;" see giddy + -ness. Meaning "dizziness" is late 14c.

giddy

adj.

Old English gidig, variant of gydig "insane, mad, stupid, possessed (by a spirit)," probably from Proto-Germanic *gud-iga-, from *gudam "god" + *-ig "possessed." Meaning "having a confused, swimming sensation" is from 1560s. Meaning "elated" is from 1540s. Related: Giddily; giddiness.

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