Definition of giddiness in US English:



  • 1A sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizziness.

    ‘symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and giddiness’
    • ‘My 13-year-old son has suffered from sickness, giddiness and headaches for about three years.’
    • ‘In larger doses, black cohosh can cause dizziness, headaches, giddiness, nausea, and vomiting.’
    • ‘Your history and tests suggest you have vertigo, which is a condition of imbalance with giddiness.’
    • ‘It affects nerve centres of the head and spine and produces giddiness and deafness.’
    • ‘Giddiness is a common problem that can be almost disabling.’
    • ‘A similar degeneration in the neck bones can cause unsteadiness and giddiness.’
    • ‘A 19 year old college student was admitted with complaints of not talking and giddiness.’
    • ‘She insists on just sitting in her chair until the giddiness passes.’
    • ‘Extreme anxiety can cause giddiness, heart palpitations, headaches or stomach disorders.’
    • ‘He complained of giddiness, shivering, vomiting and pains all over his body.’
    • ‘She and her family had been suffering from severe headaches, giddiness and nausea.’
    • ‘I was feeling no pain, just that giddiness that comes from a lack of oxygen.’
    • ‘I question whether the persistent giddiness I feel around bristlecones is the altitude or a sense of their profound preeminence.’
    • ‘The path requires visitors to be free from giddiness, and sturdy shoes might be a good idea too.’
    • ‘One month ago, the giddiness was severe and I was bedridden for about four days.’
    • ‘In the early stages, I had giddiness, which was got over by taking Stemetil.’
    • ‘Giddiness can be controlled by medication or surgery.’
    • ‘She still suffers from bouts of vomiting blood, headache and giddiness.’
    • ‘What are the precautions I have to take to prevent giddiness from occurring again with any diet restrictions?’
    • ‘The inner ear is the site of origin of giddiness in nearly 90 per cent of patients.’
    dizziness, light-headedness, loss of balance, loss of equilibrium, spinning of the head, swimming of the head
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  • 2A state of excitable frivolity.

    ‘the fans can be forgiven their giddiness’
    • ‘Some giddiness is to be expected.’
    • ‘Certainly, some late-night giddiness contributed, too.’
    • ‘I tried to be careful what I said, but dang if the giddiness of new friendship doesn't sometimes overwhelm my better judgment.’
    • ‘Every time it opens its waxed mustached mouth to shout a line, a sense of nostalgic giddiness overcomes the viewer.’
    • ‘They bring to mind the pop of Champagne corks, the confetti, the giddiness, the hubbub.’
    • ‘There should be a joy, not empty and shallow giddiness, but joy as we go about our lives.’
    • ‘His desire to be of service to her only increased her giddiness.’
    • ‘The latter reaction was simply a giddiness at having managed to get free of bourgeois restraint.’
    • ‘The fans, though, can be forgiven their giddiness.’
    • ‘She is cute, clean and full of giddiness.’
    • ‘They all enjoy themselves to the point of giddiness.’
    • ‘I recall bringing the cheese home with a feeling of giddiness.’
    • ‘The strange giddiness of the first movement is immediately subdued by the grave brass chorale that opens the dark second movement.’
    • ‘I was beaming on the inside with happiness, on the verge of giddiness, as the clock ran down.’
    • ‘At first, I thought it was just the innocent giddiness of young children.’
    • ‘So I think the kind of giddiness that we had last summer is over.’
    • ‘Eliza was delighted to the point of giddiness.’
    • ‘By the time I was finally able to rip open that dang plastic cover, the giddiness was oozing out of my ears.’
    • ‘Our teacher ended the giddiness soon enough.’
    • ‘Only four weeks to go before the big day and instead of enjoying the pre-wedding giddiness, I am a wreck.’