[ froot-keyk ]
/ ˈfrutˌkeɪk /


a rich cake containing dried or candied fruit, nuts, etc.
Slang. a crazy or eccentric person; nut.

Origin of fruitcake

First recorded in 1840–50; fruit + cake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fruitcake


/ (ˈfruːtˌkeɪk) /


a rich cake containing mixed dried fruit, lemon peel, nuts, etc
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fruitcake


see nutty as a fruitcake.

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