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crackpot

[ krak-pot ]
/ ˈkrækˌpɒt /
Informal.
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noun

a person who is eccentric, unrealistic, or fanatical.

adjective

eccentric; impractical; fanatical: crackpot ideas.

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Origin of crackpot

First recorded in 1860–65; from the phrase cracked pot
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British Dictionary definitions for crackpot

crackpot
/ (ˈkrækˌpɒt) informal /

noun

an eccentric person; crank

adjective

(usually prenominal) eccentric; crazy
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