Definition of giddy in English:



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

    ‘Luke felt almost giddy with relief’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was giddy with delight and has now fallen head over heels for his feline charms.’
    • ‘Snow always made him nearly giddy with happiness.’
    • ‘I showed up giddy with anticipation, brimming with questions - and then I waited.’
    • ‘I was psyched as the page was downloading, giddy with anticipation.’
    • ‘When I finally let go, we sat down and talked, me almost giddy with delight.’
    • ‘Sometimes it feels like I'm climbing Everest without Oxygen, I get so giddy with the words.’
    • ‘It's a mildly light-headed, giddy sensation that starts in the chest and spreads out through the body and along the limbs.’
    • ‘If you're feeling a little giddy with the possibilities awaiting you, no need to read any further - just click and go.’
    • ‘By the time she reached the small brownstone apartment building she was giddy with cold and past the point of shivering.’
    • ‘Despite the huge losses, he was giddy with victory.’
    • ‘All-in-all the group of six was giddy with nervous anticipation.’
    • ‘Gwen now giddy with relief almost forgot about Keily.’
    • ‘That's a thought that makes a small-government conservative just giddy with anticipation, doesn't it?’
    • ‘Yesterday afternoon he spent three hours up on her bed and the woman was absolutely giddy with delight.’
    • ‘She flinched at this, and tried her best to conceal how giddy with shock she was.’
    • ‘They are giddy with jetlag and an unspecified number of rum swizzles (an evening ritual).’
    • ‘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.’
    dizzy, light-headed, faint, weak, weak at the knees, unsteady, shaky, wobbly, off balance
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    1. 1.1Disorientating and alarming, but exciting.
      ‘her giddy rise to power’
      • ‘From the giddy heights of primary seven, 11 and 12-year-olds are suddenly minnows in the educational hierarchy.’
      • ‘We will wait to see whether he ever rises to those giddy heights.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gazette reporters spoke to Wiltshire musicians who have reached that giddy height.’
    2. 1.2Excitable and frivolous.
      ‘Isobel's giddy young sister-in-law’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She walked down the hallway of the third floor mildly giddy at the thought of Anna leading the attack.’
      • ‘He was always the thoughtless, giddy boy that did everything for himself.’
      • ‘When we first see her, she is surrounded by roses and giddy with happiness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even Alex's giddy sister turns out to be redeemable, and redemption is a very rare thing in political satire.’
      • ‘There were sounds of joy in their voices, as they seemed to be giddy as young schoolgirls selling cookies.’
      • ‘I don't think he will appreciate us turning her into a giddy school girl with incoherent ramblings.’
      • ‘She leaves the train at Lambeth North, giddy with laughter.’
      • ‘We need to let our hearts get giddy with glee like kids ripping open pretty packages.’
      • ‘He was a charmingly giddy young man and upon hearing him laugh for the first time her heart skipped a beat, somewhat surprised.’
      • ‘I'm giddy as a young girl in a field, and a little anxious.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Insanely giddy, laughter filled the hall, rising nearly above the music.’
      • ‘Despite her girlfriend's straight lased nature, she was a warm, giddy young girl under it all.’
      • ‘I got two comments in, which I am still young enough to be kind of giddy about.’
      • ‘It always made her feel giddy, though she did it nearly everyday it still excited her.’
      • ‘On this occasion there are five girls, two giddy with alcohol, and two teenage lads building cannabis joints, looking cautious about my motives.’
      flighty, silly, frivolous, skittish, irresponsible, flippant, whimsical, capricious, light-minded, feather-brained, scatterbrained, scatty
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  • Make (someone) feel excited to the point of disorientation.

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


  • my giddy aunt!

    • dated Used to express astonishment.

  • play the giddy goat

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He flirted like a butterfly, played the giddy goat and spoke his mind.’
      • ‘My father is okay but tired, though he manages to play the giddy goat with his grandsons, who think he's really funny.’


Old English gidig ‘insane’, literally possessed by a god, from the base of God. Current senses date from late Middle English.