[ kuh-nip-shuh n ]
/ kəˈnɪp ʃən /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for conniption


/ (kəˈnɪpʃən) /


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

Word Origin for conniption

C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with conniption


see have a fit (conniption).

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