or loon·ey, lun·y
- lunatic; insane.
- extremely or senselessly foolish.
- a lunatic.
Origin of loony1
Examples from the Web for looney
In the beginning, it only aired re-runs of classic cartoons such as Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, and The Flintstones.The Week in Nostalgia: ‘Tonight Show’ Turns 51, Cartoon Network Turns 21 & More (VIDEO)
October 6, 2013
I consider Looney Tunes on the tube as being just a snake of massive proportions.How Pot Helped Destroy Bear Stearns
William D. Cohan
March 6, 2009
Davis said, in a tone of ardent conviction: "Then our skipper's looney."The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
I just gripped him like a looney, an' he gripped me, an' thar we stood a-starin' an' a-staring'!Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
And all she could say was, "Leave me be, looney, or I'll scream!"
How do we know what we are going to run into on Looney Land?
"No wonder they call that place over there Looney Land," remarked Julia.
looney or luny
- lunatic; insane
- foolish or ridiculous
- a foolish or insane person
Word Origin and History for looney
also loonie, looney, 1853, American English, short for lunatic, but also influenced by loon (n.2) and perhaps loon (n.1), the bird being noted for its wild cry and method of escaping from danger. As a noun by 1884, from the adjective. Slang loony bin "insane asylum" is from 1919. Looney left in reference to holders of political views felt to be left-wing in the extreme is from 1977. Looney Tunes, Warner Bros. studios' animated cartoon series, dates from 1930.