looney

[loo-nee]

adjective, loon·i·er, loon·i·est, noun, plural loon·eys, loon·ies.


Nearby words

  1. loom,
  2. loom large,
  3. loom-state,
  4. looming,
  5. loon,
  6. loonie,
  7. loony,
  8. loony bin,
  9. loony tunes,
  10. loop

loony

1

or loon·ey, lun·y

[loo-nee]Informal.

adjective, loon·i·er, loon·i·est.

lunatic; insane.
extremely or senselessly foolish.

noun, plural loon·ies.

Origin of loony

1
First recorded in 1860–65; lun(atic) + -y2

Related formsloon·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for looney

loony

looney or luny

slang

adjective loonier, looniest, lunier or luniest

lunatic; insane
foolish or ridiculous

noun plural loonies, looneys or lunies

a foolish or insane person
Derived Formslooniness or luniness, noun

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Word Origin and History for looney

loony

adj.

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.

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