[ 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

British Dictionary definitions for conniption-fit


/ (kəˈnɪpʃən) /


(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-fit



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with conniption-fit


see have a fit (conniption).

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