[ loo-nuh-tik ]
/ ˈlu nə tɪk /


(no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) an insane person.
a person whose actions and manner are marked by extreme eccentricity or recklessness.
a person legally declared to be of unsound mind and who therefore is not held capable or responsible before the law: a former legal term.

adjective Also lu·nat·i·cal [loo-nat-i-kuh l] /luˈnæt ɪ kəl/ (for defs 4, 5, 7).

Origin of lunatic

1250–1300; Middle English lunatik, from Old French lunatique, from Late Latin lūnāticus “moonstruck.” See Luna, -tic

Related forms

lu·nat·i·cal·ly, adverbhalf-lu·na·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lunatic


/ (ˈluːnətɪk) /

adjective Also (rarely): lunatical (luːˈnætɪkəl)

an archaic word for insane
foolish; eccentric; crazy


a person who is insane

Derived Forms

lunatically, adverb

Word Origin for lunatic

C13 (adj) via Old French from Late Latin lūnāticus crazy, moonstruck, from Latin lūna moon
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