a fit of irritation, agitation. The geo-graphical origin and derivation of the word is obscure (it is fairly common in Australian and North American speech) but it is most often heard among mid-dle-aged speakers.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • conniption — ☆ conniption [kə nip′shən ] n. [arbitrary pseudo Latin coinage] [often pl.] Informal a fit of anger, hysteria, etc.; tantrum: also conniption fit …   English World dictionary

  • conniption — 1833, Amer.Eng., origin uncertain; perhaps related to corruption, which was used in a sense of anger from 1799, or from English dialectal canapshus ill tempered, captious, probably a corruption of captious …   Etymology dictionary

  • conniption — noun /kəˈnɪp.ʃən/ a) A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit. When she came downstairs and saw what her children were eating, she had a conniption. b) A fit of laughing; convulsion. ...threatened by the conniptions gripping Wall Street… …   Wiktionary

  • conniption — /keuh nip sheuhn/, n. Often, conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger. Also called conniption fit. [1825 35, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • conniption — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Informal. An angry outburst: fit2, huff, passion, tantrum, temper. Informal: conniption fit. See FEELINGS …   English dictionary for students

  • conniption — con|nip|tion [kəˈnıpʃən] n also con niption .fit AmE old fashioned [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably an invented word] a way of behaving which shows that you are very angry ▪ My mother threw a conniption fit when I didn t come home till two in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • conniption — con|nip|tion [ kə nıpʃən ] or con niption ,fit noun AMERICAN INFORMAL someone who has or throws a conniption becomes very angry or upset about something and starts shouting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • conniption — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1833 a fit of rage, hysteria, or alarm < went into conniptions > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • conniption — n. hysterical fit, furious rage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • conniption — [kə nɪpʃ(ə)n] noun N. Amer. informal a fit of rage or hysterics. Origin C19: prob. an invented word …   English new terms dictionary

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