Definition of conniption in English:



North American
  • A fit of rage or hysterics.

    ‘the casting choice gave the writers a conniption’
    • ‘He had had a conniption when he saw their water bill for that month.’
    • ‘She gave a little yip, which sent us all into conniptions of laughter.’
    • ‘While I contemplate my future employment, the vagaries of industrial action and the particular pleasures of friendship, this month's bag of hormones are giving me conniptions.’
    • ‘And this from the administration that has conniptions at the sight of a bare nipple on the telly.’
    • ‘She was thankful Anne had come down with a head ache and had declined to go to dinner or else she was sure her aunt would be having conniptions at her behavior.’
    • ‘I thought he was going to have a conniption then and there - his face got all red, and he sliced the guy to ribbons with his tongue.’
    • ‘The long and short is this: this is probably the best game-play design that I've seen in years; the game play is twitchy - if you're a purist you're going to have a conniption playing this.’
    • ‘They were trying to keep me from having a conniption.’
    • ‘I wanted to tell him I just found out I was going but then remembered Jane would have had a conniption.’
    • ‘Help me clean up before Dad gets home or he'll have a conniption.’
    • ‘If Ross knew I was sitting with them, he'd probably have a conniption.’
    • ‘A simple phrase, ‘Could you maybe check who's at the door,’ or perhaps ‘Could you please pick up your dishes,’ would send her into conniptions.’
    • ‘And because of its influence, America's conniptions have become the world's problem.’
    • ‘Ten more minutes, I don't think they'll have a conniption if you're down there 2 minutes late.’
    • ‘The man likes to hear himself talk; he thrives on the conniptions of people listening to him; he revels in his provocations.’
    • ‘You look stunning, but your aunt is having a conniption.’
    • ‘Will I give her another conniption by getting within spitting range of her beautiful car?’
    • ‘I only wanted to talk to you; but your bodyguard back there nearly had a conniption when she saw me.’
    • ‘The minister had a conniption and publicly fired her.’
    • ‘It's not so bad when you're completing a single race or time trial but when you're halfway through 44 laps and you're fighting for top spot in the overall standings it's enough to give you conniptions.’


Mid 19th century: probably an invented word.