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  1. a rich cake containing dried or candied fruit, nuts, etc.
  2. Slang. a crazy or eccentric person; nut.
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Origin of fruitcake

First recorded in 1840–50; fruit + cake
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  • The fruitcake was duly packed, transported, and eaten—we are bound to say without ill effect.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for fruitcake


  1. a rich cake containing mixed dried fruit, lemon peel, nuts, etc
  2. slang, mainly British a person considered to be eccentric or insane
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Word Origin and History for fruitcake


1838 in the literal sense, from fruit + cake (n.). Slang meaning "lunatic person" is first attested 1952.

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Idioms and Phrases with fruitcake


see nutty as a fruitcake.

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