giddy


adjective, gid·di·er, gid·di·est.

  1. affected with vertigo; dizzy.
  2. attended with or causing dizziness: a giddy climb.
  3. frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty: a giddy young person.

verb (used with or without object), gid·died, gid·dy·ing.

  1. to make or become giddy.

adjective -dier or -diest

  1. affected with a reeling sensation and feeling as if about to fall; dizzy
  2. causing or tending to cause vertigo
  3. impulsive; scatterbrained
  4. my giddy aunt an exclamation of surprise

verb -dies, -dying or -died

  1. to make or become giddy
adj.

Old English gidig, variant of gydig “insane, mad, stupid, possessed (by a spirit),” probably from Proto-Germanic *gud-iga-, from *gudam “god” + *-ig “possessed.” Meaning “having a confused, swimming sensation” is from 1560s. Meaning “elated” is from 1540s. Related: Giddily; giddiness.

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