vertiginous (adj.) c.1600, "of the nature of vertigo," from Fr. vertigineux, from L. vertiginosus "suffering from dizziness," from vertigo (see VERTIGO (Cf. vertigo)).

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  • vertiginous — *giddy, dizzy, swimming, dazzled Analogous words: reeling, whirling, staggering, tottering (see REEL) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vertiginous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing vertigo, especially by being extremely high or steep. 2) relating to or affected by vertigo. DERIVATIVES vertiginously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • vertiginous — [vər tij′ə nəs] adj. [L vertiginosus] 1. of, affected by, or causing vertigo; dizzy or dizzying 2. whirling about; spinning 3. marked by quick or frequent change; unstable vertiginously adv …   English World dictionary

  • vertiginous — vertiginously, adv. vertiginousness, n. /veuhr tij euh neuhs/, adj. 1. whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air. 2. affected with vertigo; dizzy. 3. liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb. 4. apt to change… …   Universalium

  • vertiginous — adjective Etymology: Latin vertiginosus, from vertigin , vertigo Date: 1608 1. a. characterized by or suffering from vertigo or dizziness b. inclined to frequent and often pointless change ; inconstant 2. causing or tending to cause dizziness <… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vertiginous — [[t]vɜː(r)tɪ̱ʤɪnəs[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A vertiginous cliff or mountain is very high and steep. [LITERARY] ...vertiginous cliffs that rise out of the Baltic …   English dictionary

  • vertiginous — adjective formal a vertiginous place or position makes you feel ill because it is so high: a vertiginous drop to the valley below …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • vertiginous — ver|tig|i|nous [və:ˈtıdʒınəs US və:r ] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: vertiginosus, from vertigo; VERTIGO] so high that you feel sick and ↑dizzy ▪ a vertiginous drop to the valley below …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vertiginous — ver•tig•i•nous [[t]vərˈtɪdʒ ə nəs[/t]] adj. 1) whirling; spinning; rotary 2) pat affected with vertigo 3) liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb[/ex] 4) apt to change quickly; unstable • Etymology: 1600–10; < L… …   From formal English to slang

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