Definition of giddy in English:



  • 1Having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy.

    ‘Luke felt almost giddy with relief’
    • ‘That's a thought that makes a small-government conservative just giddy with anticipation, doesn't it?’
    • ‘They are giddy with jetlag and an unspecified number of rum swizzles (an evening ritual).’
    • ‘When I finally let go, we sat down and talked, me almost giddy with delight.’
    • ‘If you're feeling a little giddy with the possibilities awaiting you, no need to read any further - just click and go.’
    • ‘I showed up giddy with anticipation, brimming with questions - and then I waited.’
    • ‘I feel it come loose and, giddy with adrenaline, endorphins, and joy, I bring my hands up to my face and start threading the laces out of my eyelids, wincing when they scratch my eyes.’
    • ‘Yesterday afternoon he spent three hours up on her bed and the woman was absolutely giddy with delight.’
    • ‘Apparently the altitude makes you feel giddy with joy.’
    • ‘She felt lightheaded, giddy, dizzy with ecstasy.’
    • ‘Feeling almost giddy with relief, Mary kept her head held high as she walked, not permitting herself to give into the feeling to look back as she went.’
    • ‘She was giddy with delight and has now fallen head over heels for his feline charms.’
    • ‘Gwen now giddy with relief almost forgot about Keily.’
    • ‘Snow always made him nearly giddy with happiness.’
    • ‘I was psyched as the page was downloading, giddy with anticipation.’
    • ‘Despite the huge losses, he was giddy with victory.’
    • ‘All-in-all the group of six was giddy with nervous anticipation.’
    • ‘By the time she reached the small brownstone apartment building she was giddy with cold and past the point of shivering.’
    • ‘It's a mildly light-headed, giddy sensation that starts in the chest and spreads out through the body and along the limbs.’
    • ‘She flinched at this, and tried her best to conceal how giddy with shock she was.’
    • ‘Sometimes it feels like I'm climbing Everest without Oxygen, I get so giddy with the words.’
    dizzy, light-headed, faint, weak, weak at the knees, unsteady, shaky, wobbly, off balance
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    1. 1.1 Disorientating and alarming, but exciting.
      ‘her giddy rise to power’
      • ‘Gazette reporters spoke to Wiltshire musicians who have reached that giddy height.’
      • ‘We will wait to see whether he ever rises to those giddy heights.’
      • ‘In the meantime, I've discovered that the book has its own website, which I guess is a mark of it reaching the giddy heights of serious social commentary for the new millennium.’
      • ‘There are obvious logistical problems involved in protesting outside such a facility, and it was clear from the outset that the protest was not going to reach the giddy heights of previous campaigns.’
      • ‘From the giddy heights of primary seven, 11 and 12-year-olds are suddenly minnows in the educational hierarchy.’
    2. 1.2 Excitable and frivolous.
      ‘Isobel's giddy young sister-in-law’
      • ‘She walked down the hallway of the third floor mildly giddy at the thought of Anna leading the attack.’
      • ‘I don't think he will appreciate us turning her into a giddy school girl with incoherent ramblings.’
      • ‘He was always the thoughtless, giddy boy that did everything for himself.’
      • ‘Insanely giddy, laughter filled the hall, rising nearly above the music.’
      • ‘There were sounds of joy in their voices, as they seemed to be giddy as young schoolgirls selling cookies.’
      • ‘He was a charmingly giddy young man and upon hearing him laugh for the first time her heart skipped a beat, somewhat surprised.’
      • ‘On this occasion there are five girls, two giddy with alcohol, and two teenage lads building cannabis joints, looking cautious about my motives.’
      • ‘Despite her girlfriend's straight lased nature, she was a warm, giddy young girl under it all.’
      • ‘We need to let our hearts get giddy with glee like kids ripping open pretty packages.’
      • ‘When we first see her, she is surrounded by roses and giddy with happiness.’
      • ‘Just as Christy was replacing the phone on the base, Carmen came tearing into the room, giddy as a young schoolgirl, and grabbed Christy's hand.’
      • ‘She seemed more giddy, ditzy and seemed entirely too comfortable with the current crowd of males she was attracting.’
      • ‘Queen Rosalind peered across the distance of the causeway towards the horizon with the giddy enthusiasm of a young maid about to receive a precious, long anticipated, gift.’
      • ‘She leaves the train at Lambeth North, giddy with laughter.’
      • ‘And a lot of these veterans that I have written about said it made a man out of me, or a young woman would say I went from being a giddy teenager to being a mature woman overnight.’
      • ‘I got two comments in, which I am still young enough to be kind of giddy about.’
      • ‘I'm giddy as a young girl in a field, and a little anxious.’
      • ‘It always made her feel giddy, though she did it nearly everyday it still excited her.’
      • ‘Will saw that the look on his brother's face was eager, almost giddy, like that of a young child's, it was most pathetic.’
      • ‘Even Alex's giddy sister turns out to be redeemable, and redemption is a very rare thing in political satire.’
      flighty, silly, frivolous, skittish, irresponsible, flippant, whimsical, capricious, light-minded, feather-brained, scatterbrained, scatty
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[with object]
  • Make (someone) feel excited to the point of disorientation.

    • ‘You should just sit back and enjoy it, but I feel slightly giddied by it.’
    • ‘Harry was always giddying me too - to loosen up, to see the bigger picture, to just be my total, fabulous, faerie self.’
    • ‘From here, the views are as giddying as you could possibly desire.’
    • ‘Huge aerial motorways sweep between giddying skyscrapers.’
    • ‘The invasion was a blow which giddied my political consciousness.’


  • my giddy aunt!

    • dated Used to express astonishment.

  • play the giddy goat

    • dated Behave in an irresponsible, silly, or playful way.

      • ‘He flirted like a butterfly, played the giddy goat and spoke his mind.’
      • ‘Glassy-eyed school children playing the giddy goat in the corridors seem to concur with us: it is worthy but boring.’
      • ‘Dependable and prudent, he often yearns to play the giddy goat and do a comic turn, but he'll only do so with a partner who makes him feel safe.’
      • ‘Her brother plays the giddy goat and is everything they told you not to be at school - a coward, a thief, a lazy fellow.’
      • ‘I loved the mischief in him, the way he could play the giddy goat, his funny gossip.’
      • ‘My father is okay but tired, though he manages to play the giddy goat with his grandsons, who think he's really funny.’
      fool about, fool around, play the fool, act foolishly, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, play about, play around, monkey about, monkey around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, engage in high jinks
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Old English gidig ‘insane’, literally ‘possessed by a god’, from the base of God. Current senses date from late Middle English.