- mentally unbalanced; mad; crazy.
Origin of bonkers
1945–50; of uncertain origin; for final element, cf. -ers
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Examples from the Web for bonkers
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It was driving him bonkers not to be able to ride any longer.Makers
- slang, mainly British mad; crazy
C20 (originally in the sense: slightly drunk, tipsy): of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bonkers
"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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