/ (duːˈlælɪ) /


slang out of one's mind; crazyIn full: doolally tap

Nearby words

  1. doofus,
  2. doohan,
  3. doohickey,
  4. dook,
  5. dooket,
  6. doolan,
  7. doolie,
  8. doolittle,
  9. doolittle, hilda,
  10. doolittle, james harold

Word Origin for doolally

C19: originally military slang, from Deolali, a town near Mumbai, the location of a military sanatorium + Hindustani tap fever

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Word Origin and History for doolally



"insane, eccentric," British slang, by 1917 in the armed services and in full doolally tap (with Urdu word for "fever"), from Deolali, near Bombay, India, which was a military camp (established 1861) with a large barracks and a chief staging point for British troops on their way to or from India; the reference is to men whose enlistments had expired who waited there impatiently for transport home.

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