[kuh-nip-shuh n]


Often conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.

Origin of conniption

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; origin uncertain
Also called conniption fit. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conniption

huff, tantrum, fit, scene, blowup, outburst

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British Dictionary definitions for conniption



(often plural) US and Canadian slang a fit of rage or tantrums

Word Origin for conniption

C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with conniption


see have a fit (conniption).

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