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[moo-nee] /ˈmu ni/
adjective, moonier, mooniest.
dreamy, listless, or silly.
pertaining to or characteristic of the moon.
Origin of moony
First recorded in 1580-90; moon + -y1
Related forms
moonily, adverb
mooniness, noun Unabridged
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  • Sir Claude looked at the moony globe of the lamp; he seemed to see for an instant what seeing Mrs. Beale would consist of.

    What Maisie Knew Henry James
  • It was a warm, moony night, and he took a glass of vichy "for looks' sake," as he said.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • Group after group of the pendent globes sprang into a soft, moony glow; the hanging glass prisms jingled softly.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • But the moony spectacles were soon let down over the eyes of the Professor of Folk-Lore, and hung there like shutters or blinkers.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • I saw a pleasant, mild, moony face, with one cheek distended by tobacco; but nothing which appeared strong or striking.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • The signalled eyes under the moony spectacles received the danger signal with something of impatience.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • Rhoda had had a dreamy way with her since Thomas's birth; moony, as Peggy, who didn't approve, called it.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • For all he'm so moony an' gentlelike, I think he'm a terrible passionate man inside.

  • The moony spectacles beamed not quite benevolently on the corridor.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • Her subsiding young excitement of the day set her Boating on that moony melancholy in Mr. Peridon.

British Dictionary definitions for moony


adjective moonier, mooniest
(informal) dreamy or listless
of or like the moon
(Brit, slang) crazy or foolish
Derived Forms
moonily, adverb
mooniness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moony

1580s, "like the moon;" 1848, "dreamy, listless," from moon (n.) + -y (2). Cf. moon (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for moony



Behaving in a pleasantly listless and dreamy way: in a back booth at Caballero's where Carolyn and I talked and became drunk and moony (1848+)



A member or disciple of the Unification Church

[fr the name of the leader, Sun Myung Moon]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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