Definition of conniption in English:

conniption

noun

North american
informal
  • A fit of rage or hysterics.

    ‘the casting choice gave the writers a conniption’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had had a conniption when he saw their water bill for that month.’
    • ‘The minister had a conniption and publicly fired her.’
    • ‘And because of its influence, America's conniptions have become the world's problem.’
    • ‘Help me clean up before Dad gets home or he'll have a conniption.’
    • ‘And this from the administration that has conniptions at the sight of a bare nipple on the telly.’
    • ‘Ten more minutes, I don't think they'll have a conniption if you're down there 2 minutes late.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If Ross knew I was sitting with them, he'd probably have a conniption.’
    • ‘You look stunning, but your aunt is having a conniption.’
    • ‘They were trying to keep me from having a conniption.’
    • ‘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 man likes to hear himself talk; he thrives on the conniptions of people listening to him; he revels in his provocations.’
    • ‘She gave a little yip, which sent us all into conniptions of laughter.’
    • ‘I only wanted to talk to you; but your bodyguard back there nearly had a conniption when she saw me.’
    • ‘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 wanted to tell him I just found out I was going but then remembered Jane would have had a conniption.’
    • ‘Will I give her another conniption by getting within spitting range of her beautiful car?’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably an invented word.

Pronunciation:

conniption

/kəˈnipSH(ə)n/