giddy


giddy
1 adjective
1 feeling slightly sick and unable to balance, because everything seems to be moving; dizzy (1): Just watching those kids spinning makes me feel giddy.
2 be giddy with sth to be very happy because something good has happened: Amanda was giddy with success.
3 (only before noun) making you feel as if you may fall: a giddy height
4 old-fashioned silly and not interested in serious things: Fiona's very pretty but a bit giddy.
— giddily adverb — giddiness noun (U) 2 verb giddy up phrasal verb (I) used to command a horse to go faster

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Giddy — Gid dy, a. [Compar. {Giddier}; superl. {Giddiest}.] [OE. gidi mad, silly, AS. gidig, of unknown origin, cf. Norw. gidda to shake, tremble.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having in the head a sensation of whirling or reeling about; having lost the power of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giddy — giddy, dizzy, vertiginous, swimming, dazzled are comparable when meaning affected by or producing a sensation of being whirled about or around and consequently confused. Giddy and dizzy are often used interchangeably with one another but giddy is …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • giddy — [gid′ē] adj. giddier, giddiest [ME gidie < OE gydig, insane, prob. < base (* gud) of god, GOD + ig (see Y3): hence, basic meaning “possessed by a god”] 1. feeling dizzy or unsteady 2. causing or likely to cause dizziness [a giddy height] …   English World dictionary

  • Giddy — Gid dy, v. i. To reel; to whirl. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Giddy — Gid dy, v. t. To make dizzy or unsteady. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giddy — index capricious, frivolous, thoughtless, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • giddy — O.E. gidig, variant of gydig insane, mad, stupid, possessed (by a spirit), probably from P.Gmc. *gud iga , from *gudam god + * ig possessed. Meaning having a confused, swimming sensation is from 1560s. Meaning elated is from 1540s …   Etymology dictionary

  • giddy — [adj] silly, impulsive bemused, brainless, bubbleheaded*, capricious, careless, changeable, changeful, ditzy*, dizzy, empty headed*, erratic, fickle, flighty*, flustered, frivolous, gaga*, heedless, inconstant, irresolute, irresponsible,… …   New thesaurus

  • giddy — ► ADJECTIVE (giddier, giddiest) 1) having or causing a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy. 2) excitable and frivolous. ► VERB (giddies, giddied) ▪ make (someone) feel excited to the point of disorientation …   English terms dictionary

  • giddy-up — ► EXCLAMATION ▪ said to induce a horse to start moving or go faster. ORIGIN reproducing a pronunciation of get up …   English terms dictionary

  • giddy-ap — giddy ap, up see giddap v …   Useful english dictionary