- crazy; deranged: All that chatter is driving me bananas.
- wildly enthusiastic: The crowd went bananas when the music began.
Origin of bananas
- a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.Compare banana family.
- the fruit, especially that of M. paradisiaca, with yellow or reddish rind.
Origin of banana
Related Wordscrazy, lunatic, cuckoo, maniac, nuts, sick, psycho, crackers, bonkers, brainsick, daft, demented, deranged, distraught, disturbed, dotty, kooky, loco, mad, maniacal
Examples from the Web for bananas
Duarte owns a small plot of land where she grazes cattle and grows beans, maize, bananas, and oranges.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
I love its late daylight against old building facades; its 30-cent bananas from the stands on the corner; its new bike lanes.My Life as an Illegal AirBnb Landlord
June 10, 2014
At the checkout, her total for bananas, arugula, blackberries, kale, yogurt, rice noodles, and tofu comes to $34.21.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
Medical errors in television shows and movies drive me bananas.Scandal’s Finale Featured One of the Most Preposterous TV Deaths Ever
April 19, 2014
Zoe has come a long way since her days of screaming “I die” and “Bananas!”Rachel Zoe is Living in Style—'Really'
March 24, 2014
No artillery was captured, but a great quantity of bananas was taken.
The bananas of this region were found to be especially luscious and appetizing.Aztec Land
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At first the greengrocer's baby did not like bananas and its cries were awful.
He is advising all his customers to feed their babies on bananas.
Olive produced her biscuits and bananas, and they munched together in amity.Olive in Italy
- slang crazy (esp in the phrase go bananas)
- any of several tropical and subtropical herbaceous treelike plants of the musaceous genus Musa, esp M. sapientum, a widely cultivated species propagated from suckers and having hanging clusters of edible fruit
- the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plantsCompare plantain 2
Word Origin and History for bananas
"crazy," 1968; earlier (1935) it was noted as an underworld slang term for "sexually perverted."
1590s, borrowed by Spanish or Portuguese from a West African word, possibly Wolof banana. The plant was introduced to the New World from Africa in 1516. Top banana, second banana, etc. are 1950s, from show business slang use of banana for "comedian, especially in a burlesque show." Banana split first attested 1920. Banana oil "nonsense" is slang from c.1910.
Idioms and Phrases with bananas
In addition to the idiom beginning with banana
- banana oil
- drive someone crazy (bananas)
- go bananas
- top banana