[ kuh-nip-shuhn ]
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  1. 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 .

Words Nearby conniption Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conniption in a sentence

  • So dont have a conniption fit right off, because Ive thought it all out and I know just exactly what I can do.

    Three Little Women | Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • And the way he kicks and snorts is enough to frighten any kind of game into a conniption fit.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains | Jay Winthrop Allen
  • "Even if you did hurry into my room and scare me into conniption fits telling me I'd be late," laughed Billy.

    Miss Billy's Decision | Eleanor H. Porter
  • Jim Barlow would have a conniption fit if he ever knew what Aurora Blank had said.

    Dorothy's Triumph | Evelyn Raymond
  • Other men have been in love beforeor thought they wasand it aint given em a conniption fit.

British Dictionary definitions for conniption


/ (kəˈnɪpʃən) /

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

Origin of 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

Other Idioms and Phrases with conniption


see have a fit (conniption).

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