- Canadian Informal. a dollar coin.
Origin of loonie
or loon·ey, lun·y
- lunatic; insane.
- extremely or senselessly foolish.
- a lunatic.
Origin of loony1
Examples from the Web for loonies
And even if that did succeed, if the loonies want to replace Boehner with someone to his right, they need, again, 217 votes.The Shutdown and Boehner’s Future
October 1, 2013
At first, they were dismissed as a Postal Service problem, as if loonies had suddenly been recruited to work there.Going Postal
November 7, 2009
Today a new generation of loonies has taken over the asylum.The Year in Palin
The Daily Beast
August 28, 2009
I say, Reggie, old thing—present company excepted—have there been any loonies in your family?Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
- Canadian slang
- a Canadian dollar coin with a loon bird on one of its faces
- the Canadian currency
looney or luny
- lunatic; insane
- foolish or ridiculous
- a foolish or insane person
Word Origin and History for loonies
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.