What does giddy mean?

Definitions for giddy
ˈgɪd igid·dy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word giddy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dizzy, giddy, woozy, vertiginousadjective

    having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling

    "had a dizzy spell"; "a dizzy pinnacle"; "had a headache and felt giddy"; "a giddy precipice"; "feeling woozy from the blow on his head"; "a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff"

  2. airheaded, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed, lightheaded, sillyadjective

    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity

    "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles"


  1. giddyverb

    To make dizzy or unsteady.

  2. giddyadjective

    dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down

    The man became giddy upon standing up so fast.

  3. giddyadjective

    causing dizziness: causing dizziness or a feeling of unsteadiness

    They climbed to a giddy height.

  4. giddyadjective

    lightheartedly silly, or joyfully elated

    The boy was giddy when he opened his birthday presents.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GIDDYadjective

    Etymology: gidig, Saxon. I know not whether this word may not come from gad, to wander, to be in motion, gad, gid, giddy.

    Them rev’ling thus the Tentyrites invade,
    By giddy heads and stagg’ring legs betray’d. Nahum Tate, Juvenal.

    As Ixion fix’d, the wretch shall feel
    The giddy motion of the whirling mill. Alexander Pope.

    Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
    More longing, wavering, sooner lost and won,
    Than womens are. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    It may be gnats and flies have their imagination more mutable and giddy, as small birds likewise have. Francis Bacon, N. Hist.

    Thanks to giddy chance, which never bears
    That mortal bliss should last for length of years,
    She cast us headlong from our high estate,
    And here in hope of thy return we wait. John Dryden, Fables.

    The giddy vulgar, as their fancies guide,
    With noise say nothing, and in parts divide. John Dryden, Æn.

    You are as giddy and volatile as ever, the reverse of Alexander Pope, who hath always loved a domestick life. Jonathan Swift, to Gay.

    The frequent errors of the pathless wood,
    The giddy precipice, and the dang’rous flood. Matthew Prior.

    The sylphs through mystick mazes guide their way,
    Through all the giddy circle they pursue. Alexander Pope.

    Too many giddy foolish hours are gone,
    And in fantastick measures danc’d away. Nicholas Rowe, Ja. Shore.

    How inexcusable are those giddy creatures, who, in the same hour, leap from a parent’s window to a husband’s bed. Clarissa.

    As we pac’d along
    Upon the giddy footing of the hatches,
    Methought that Glo’ster stumbled. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Art thou not giddy with the fashion too, that thou hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the fashion? William Shakespeare.

    Like one of two contending in a prize,
    That thinks he hath done well in people’s eyes;
    Hearing applause and universal shout,
    Giddy in spirit, gazing still in doubt,
    Whether those peals of praise be his or no. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Giddy

    having in the head a sensation of whirling or reeling about; having lost the power of preserving the balance of the body, and therefore wavering and inclined to fall; lightheaded; dizzy

  2. Giddy

    promoting or inducing giddiness; as, a giddy height; a giddy precipice

  3. Giddy

    bewildering on account of rapid turning; running round with celerity; gyratory; whirling

  4. Giddy

    characterized by inconstancy; unstable; changeable; fickle; wild; thoughtless; heedless

  5. Giddyverb

    to reel; to whirl

  6. Giddyverb

    to make dizzy or unsteady

  7. Etymology: [OE. gidi mad, silly, AS. gidig, of unknown origin, cf. Norw. gidda to shake, tremble.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Giddy

    gid′i, adj. unsteady, dizzy: that causes giddiness: whirling: inconstant: thoughtless.—adv. Gidd′ily.—n. Gidd′iness.—adjs. Gidd′y-head′ed, thoughtless, wanting reflection; Gidd′y-paced (Shak.), moving irregularly. [From A.S. giddian, to sing, be merry, gid, a song.]

How to pronounce giddy?

How to say giddy in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giddy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giddy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of giddy in a Sentence

  1. Echo Delta:

    Now when I go on a trip, I look for abandoned buildings, when I see one, I kind of get giddy and want to go in.

  2. Peter Boockvar:

    Sentiment is very giddy. Valuations are inflated. But that can stay that way for some time.

  3. Bruce Morrow:

    We were both so happy, so excited, but we tried to stay low-key, like it's no big deal, so we wouldn't look all giddy and silly, if Ed was wearing lipstick, you would have been able to see lipstick smudges on both his ears because that's how big that smile was on him. It was a look I'd never forget.

  4. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew:

    He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.

  5. Dallas Seavey:

    You know I was thinking about it coming into here (Koyuk): holy cow we actually stand a good chance of winning the Iditarod, we'll see where we are when the dust settles. I'm not trying to get all giddy just yet.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for giddy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for giddy »


Find a translation for the giddy definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"giddy." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 8 Feb. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/giddy>.

Discuss these giddy definitions with the community:

1 Comment
  • Sandy
    Can the word giddy apply to people who like each other and they make each other giddy?
    LikeReplyReport2 years ago

Are we missing a good definition for giddy? Don't keep it to yourself...

Browse Definitions.net

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


Are you a words master?

a natural talent
  • A. flair
  • B. mitre
  • C. vigorish
  • D. sweep

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for giddy: