Pathology. affected with or characteristic of delirium.
wild with excitement, enthusiasm, etc.: She was delirious with joy at the news.

Origin of delirious

First recorded in 1590–1600; deliri(um) + -ous
Related formsde·lir·i·ous·ly, adverbde·lir·i·ous·ness, nounnon·de·lir·i·ous, adjectivenon·de·lir·i·ous·ly, adverbnon·de·lir·i·ous·ness, nounun·de·lir·i·ous, adjectiveun·de·lir·i·ous·ly, adverb

Synonyms for delirious

2. thrilled, excited, ecstatic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deliriously

Contemporary Examples of deliriously

Historical Examples of deliriously

  • Torchy is just as deliriously funny in these stories as he was in the previous book.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • For she was in love—she knew it now—wildly, deliriously, gloriously in love with Owen.

    The Making of a Soul

    Kathlyn Rhodes

  • She was too deliriously happy to speak, and the only words she could have said were, I love you, I love you.

    Mrs. Craddock

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • That is to say, he was deliriously glad and he knew he ought not to be.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • For a time, we must believe, humanity then was deliriously bereft.


    G. G. Putnam and Others

British Dictionary definitions for deliriously



affected with delirium
wildly excited, esp with joy or enthusiasm
Derived Formsdeliriously, adverbdeliriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deliriously



1703, from stem of delirium + -ous. Figurative use attested from 1791. Related: Deliriously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

deliriously in Medicine




Of, suffering from, or characteristic of delirium.
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