from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Turning about an axis; revolving or whirling.
  • adj. Affected by vertigo; dizzy. See Synonyms at giddy.
  • adj. Tending to produce vertigo: "my small mind contained in earthly human limits, not lost in vertiginous space and elements unknown” ( Diana Cooper).
  • adj. Inclined to change quickly; unstable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having an aspect of great depth, drawing the eye to look downwards.
  • adj. Inducing a feeling of giddiness, vertigo, dizziness or of whirling.
  • adj. Pertaining to vertigo (in all its meanings).
  • adj. Revolving; rotating; rotatory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turning round; whirling; rotary; revolving.
  • adj. Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turning round; whirling; rotary: as, a vertiginous motion.
  • Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.
  • Apt to turn or change; unstable.
  • Apt to make one giddy; inducing giddiness: as, a vertiginous height.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling


From Latin vertīgō, vertīgin-, a whirling, from vertere, to turn; see version.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Used entirely too often in Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Seriously, not a word you expect to be someone's crutch.

    October 23, 2008

  • Take a 'Vertigone' tablet.

    February 14, 2008

  • Looking at that word vertiginous is making me dizzy.

    February 14, 2008

  • dizzying; affected by vertigo

    October 31, 2007