vertiginous

[ ver-tij-uh-nuh s ]
/ vərˈtɪdʒ ə nəs /

adjective

whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb.
apt to change quickly; unstable: a vertiginous economy.

Origin of vertiginous

1600–10; < Latin vertīginōsus dizzy, equivalent to vertīgin- (stem of vertīgō) vertigo + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for vertiginous

vertiginous

/ (vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or having vertigo
producing dizziness
whirling
changeable; unstable

Derived Forms

vertiginously, adverbvertiginousness, noun

Word Origin for vertiginous

C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo
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Medicine definitions for vertiginous

vertiginous

[ vər-tĭjə-nəs ]

adj.

Affected by vertigo; dizzy.
Tending to produce vertigo.
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