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[moon-struhk] /ˈmunˌstrʌk/
mentally deranged, supposedly by the influence of the moon; crazed.
dreamily romantic or bemused.
Also, moonstricken
[moon-strik-uh n] /ˈmunˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of moonstruck
First recorded in 1665-75; moon + struck Unabridged
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  • "You must surely be from far away, moonstruck man," she said.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • I shouldn't wonder if Liverpool got moonstruck and just pitched overboard.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • He's smilin' in the picture, but she's made him lockjawed an' moonstruck.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • I hope you did not let her see how moonstruck you were on the instant.

    Lancaster's Choice Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • He looked at them, thinking they must be moonstruck, for their conduct seemed inexplicable.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • My father says they be all mad together, the moonstruck knaves!

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green
  • The driver regarded them as a moonstruck couple, since that sort of moon shines ever on fine evenings by the sea.

British Dictionary definitions for moonstruck


deranged or mad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moonstruck

1670s, from moon (n.) + struck (see strike (v.)). Cf. Greek selenobletos. For sense, cf. moon (v.). Perhaps coined by Milton.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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