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Definitions for giddy
ˈgɪd igid·dy

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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.


  1. giddy

    Giddy is an adjective used to describe a feeling of excitement, joy, or enthusiasm which often leads to lightheartedness, slight dizziness, or a sense of being elated. It typically refers to a temporary state of intense happiness or exhilaration.

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.]

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  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. Andre Fersa:

    My buddy( Joe Mercurio) and I were kind of like almost like giddy about it, just the novelty of what we're about to do, and I was like really looking forward to it because it was a beautiful day -- gave me reason to be out and about and being outside.

  2. 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.

  3. Peter Boockvar:

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

  4. Ferdinand Hodler:

    When you look up at the sky, you have a feeling of unity, which delights you and makes you giddy.

  5. Butler:

    Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud, and vain; By this the fool commands the wise, The noble with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make the base submit.

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  • Sandy
    Can the word giddy apply to people who like each other and they make each other giddy?
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