bonkers

[bong-kerz]

adjective Slang.

mentally unbalanced; mad; crazy.

Nearby words

  1. bonita,
  2. bonito,
  3. bonjour,
  4. bonk,
  5. bonkbuster,
  6. bonn,
  7. bonnard,
  8. bonnard, pierre,
  9. bonnaz,
  10. bonne

Origin of bonkers

1945–50; of uncertain origin; for final element, cf. -ers

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British Dictionary definitions for bonkers

bonkers

adjective

slang, mainly British mad; crazy

Word Origin for bonkers

C20 (originally in the sense: slightly drunk, tipsy): of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for bonkers

bonkers

adj.

"crazy," 1957, British slang, perhaps from earlier naval slang meaning "slightly drunk" (1948), from notion of a thump ("bonk") on the head.

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