stir-crazy [ stur-krey-zee] Word Origin See more synonyms for stir-crazy on Thesaurus.com . Informal restless or frantic because of confinement, routine, etc.: I was stir-crazy after just two months of keeping house. mentally ill because of long imprisonment. Origin of stir-crazy
First recorded in
1935–40; stir 2
crazy Related forms stir-cra·zi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stir-crazy slang mentally disturbed as a result of being in prison or otherwise confined
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Word Origin and History for stir-crazy adj.
crazy + stir "prison" (1851), probably from Start Newgate (1757), prison in London, later any prison (1823), probably from Romany stardo "imprisoned," related to staripen "a prison." Mid-19c. sturaban, sturbin "state prison" seem to be transitional forms.
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