[often pl.]Informal a fit of anger, hysteria, etc.; tantrum
also conniption fit
Origin of conniptionarbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
A fit of violent emotion, such as anger or panic. Also called conniption fit .
Origin of conniptionMock Latinperhaps influenced by snip or snap
- (informal) A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit.
- When she came downstairs and saw what her children were eating, she had a conniption.
- ...threatened by the conniptions gripping Wall Street (Businessweek Oct.20, 2008)
- A fit of laughing; convulsion.
- The joke was not that funny, but he went into conniptions laughing.