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[kuh-nip-shuh n]
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  1. Often conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
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Origin of conniption

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; origin uncertain
Also called conniption fit.
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Related Words

huff, tantrum, fit, scene, blowup, outburst

Examples from the Web for conniption

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Hugh Wiley

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for conniption


  1. (often plural) US and Canadian slang a fit of rage or tantrums
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Word Origin

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with conniption


see have a fit (conniption).

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