Definition of giddy in English:

giddy

adjective

  • 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.’

verb

[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.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

giddy

/ˈɡɪdi/