Fitful vs Giddy - What's the difference?

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Fitful is a related term of giddy.

As adjectives the difference between fitful and giddy

is that fitful is irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits while giddy is dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down.

As a verb giddy is

(obsolete|transitive) to make dizzy or unsteady.




(en adjective)
  • Irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
  • His breathing was fitful .
  • *1605 , Shakespeare, Macbeth ,
  • [...] Duncan is in his grave;
    After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
  • *1851 ,
  • *:The cabin lamp—taking long swings this way and that— was burning fitfully, and casting fitful shadows upon the old man’s bolted door [...]
  • *2012 , The Economist, The economy: Don’t say “green shoots”
  • *:So fitful has Britain’s economy been that any good news is understandably snatched at.
  • Derived terms

    * fitfully * fitfulness




  • Dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down.
  • The man became giddy upon standing up so fast.
  • Causing dizziness: causing dizziness or a feeling of unsteadiness.
  • They climbed to a giddy height.
  • Lightheartedly silly, or joyfully elated.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.}}
    The boy was giddy when he opened his birthday presents.
  • (archaic) Frivolous, impulsive, inconsistent, changeable.
  • * 1599 ,
  • In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it, for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.
  • * 1784 , , Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools
  • Young heads are giddy and young hearts are warm,
    And make mistakes for manhood to reform.


    * dizzy

    Derived terms

    * giddiness

    See also

    * vertiginous


  • (obsolete) To make dizzy or unsteady.
  • To reel; to whirl.
  • (Chapman)