bananas

[buh-nan-uh z]
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adjective Slang.
  1. crazy; deranged: All that chatter is driving me bananas.
  2. wildly enthusiastic: The crowd went bananas when the music began.

Origin of bananas

1965–70, Americanism; see banana, -s3

banana

[buh-nan-uh]
noun
  1. a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.Compare banana family.
  2. the fruit, especially that of M. paradisiaca, with yellow or reddish rind.

Origin of banana

1590–1600; < Spanish < Portuguese (perhaps via Sp); akin to various words for banana or plantain in WAfr languages (e.g., Wolof, Malinke banana, Vai (Mande language of Liberia) bana), but ultimate source and direction of borrowing uncertain
Can be confusedbanana plantain1
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British Dictionary definitions for bananas

bananas

adjective
  1. slang crazy (esp in the phrase go bananas)

banana

noun
  1. 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
  2. the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plantsCompare plantain 2

Word Origin for banana

C16: from Spanish or Portuguese, of African origin
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Word Origin and History for bananas
adj.

"crazy," 1968; earlier (1935) it was noted as an underworld slang term for "sexually perverted."

banana

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with bananas

banana

In addition to the idiom beginning with banana

  • banana oil

also see:

  • drive someone crazy (bananas)
  • go bananas
  • top banana
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