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adjective Slang.
  1. Informal. restless or frantic because of confinement, routine, etc.: I was stir-crazy after just two months of keeping house.
  2. mentally ill because of long imprisonment.
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Origin of stir-crazy

First recorded in 1935–40; stir2 + crazy
Related formsstir-cra·zi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stir-crazy


  1. slang mentally disturbed as a result of being in prison or otherwise confined
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Word Origin and History for stir-crazy


1908, from 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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