fruitcake

[ froot-keyk ]
/ ˈfrutˌkeɪk /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. fruit salad,
  2. fruit sugar,
  3. fruit tree,
  4. fruitage,
  5. fruitarian,
  6. fruitcover,
  7. fruitdot,
  8. fruited,
  9. fruiter,
  10. fruiterer

Origin of fruitcake

First recorded in 1840–50; fruit + cake

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British Dictionary definitions for fruitcake

fruitcake

/ (ˈfruːtˌkeɪk) /

noun

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

fruitcake

n.

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

fruitcake

see nutty as a fruitcake.

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