Giddy vs Zealous - What's the difference?

giddy | zealous |

As adjectives the difference between giddy and zealous

is that giddy is dizzy, feeling dizzy or unsteady and as if about to fall down while zealous is full of zeal; ardent, fervent; exhibiting enthusiasm or strong passion.

As a verb giddy

is (obsolete|transitive) to make dizzy or unsteady.




  • 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)



    Alternative forms

    * zelous


    (en adjective)
  • Full of zeal; ardent, fervent; exhibiting enthusiasm or strong passion.
  • * 1791 , , volume 1, page 238:
  • Johnson was truly zealous for the success of "The Adventurer;" and very soon after his engaging in it, he wrote the following letter:
  • * 1896 , , A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (2004 edition), page 122:
  • Doubtless many will exclaim against the Roman Catholic Church for this; but the simple truth is that Protestantism was no less zealous against the new scientific doctrine.
  • * 1940 , Foster Rhea Dulles, America Learns to Play: A history of popular recreation, 1607-1940 , page 61:
  • and there were few more zealous dancers at the fashionable balls in the Raleigh Tavern at Williamsburg.
  • * 2011 April 4, " Newt Gingrich," Time (retrieved 9 Sept 2013):
  • Newt Gingrich . . . left Congress in 1998, following GOP midterm-election losses that many blamed on his zealous pursuit of Bill Clinton's impeachment.


    * (full of zeal) ardent, eager, enthusiastic, fervent, passionate, zealotic


    * (full of zeal) apathetic, dispassionate, indifferent, unenthusiastic

    Derived terms

    * overzealous * zealously * zealousness