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  1. mentally deranged, supposedly by the influence of the moon; crazed.
  2. dreamily romantic or bemused.
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Also moon·strick·en [moon-strik-uh n] /ˈmunˌstrɪk ən/.

Origin of moonstruck

First recorded in 1665–75; moon + struck
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  • "You must surely be from far away, moonstruck man," she said.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra

    Poul William Anderson

  • I shouldn't wonder if Liverpool got moonstruck and just pitched overboard.

    The Pirate Shark

    Elliott Whitney

  • He's smilin' in the picture, but she's made him lockjawed an' moonstruck.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • I hope you did not let her see how moonstruck you were on the instant.

    Lancaster's Choice

    Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

  • He looked at them, thinking they must be moonstruck, for their conduct seemed inexplicable.

    East Lynne

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for moonstruck


moonstricken (ˈmuːnˌstrɪkən)

  1. deranged or mad
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Word Origin and History for moonstruck


1670s, from moon (n.) + struck (see strike (v.)). Cf. Greek selenobletos. For sense, cf. moon (v.). Perhaps coined by Milton.

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