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gid·dy / ˈgidē/ • adj. (-di·er , -di·est ) having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy: I felt giddy and had to steady myself Luke felt almost giddy with relief. ∎  disorienting and alarming, but exciting: he has risen to the giddy heights of master. ∎  excitable and frivolous: her giddy young sister-in-law. • v. (-dies, -died) [tr.] make (someone) feel excited to the point of disorientation: [as adj.] the giddying speed of the revolving doors. DERIVATIVES: gid·di·ly / ˈgidəlē/ adv. gid·di·ness n. ORIGIN: Old English gidig ‘insane,’ literally ‘possessed by a god,’ from the base of God. Current senses date from late Middle English.

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