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moonstruck

[moon-struhk]
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adjective
  1. mentally deranged, supposedly by the influence of the moon; crazed.
  2. dreamily romantic or bemused.
Also moon·strick·en [moon-strik-uh n] /ˈmunˌstrɪk ən/.

Origin of moonstruck

First recorded in 1665–75; moon + struck
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Examples from the Web for moonstruck

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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


British Dictionary definitions for moonstruck

moonstruck

moonstricken (ˈmuːnˌstrɪkən)

adjective
  1. deranged or mad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for moonstruck

adj.

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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