loony

loony
loony (adj.) also loonie, looney, 1853, Amer.Eng., short for LUNATIC (Cf. lunatic), but also influenced by LOON (Cf. loon) (2) and perhaps LOON (Cf. loon) (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.

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  • loony — loon y (l[=oo]n [y^]), a. [Shortened fr. lunatic.] 1. Crazy; insane; lunatic; mentally unsound. [Low, U.S.] [Written also {loony}, {luny} and {looney}.] See {Luny}. [1913 Webster] 2. Very foolish; very impractical; as, loony ideas. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loony — loon y (l[=oo]n [y^]), a. [Shortened fr. lunatic.] 1. Crazy; insane; lunatic; mentally unsound. [Low, U.S.] [Written also {loony}, {luny} and {looney}.] See {Luny}. [1913 Webster] 2. Very foolish; very impractical; as, loony ideas. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loony — (l[=oo]n [y^]) n. someone mentally deranged and possibly dangerous. Syn: crazy, looney, weirdo, psycho. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loony — n. pl. looneys [lo͞o′nē] Slang adj. loonier, looniest [< LUNATIC] crazy; demented n. loonies a loony person: Also looney n. looneys …   English World dictionary

  • loony — [adj] crazy ape, barmy, batty, berserk, bonkers*, cracked, crazed, cuckoo, daffy*, daft, delirious, demented, deranged, flaky, flipped out*, insane, kooky, lunatic, mad, maniacal, mental*, nuts, nutty, out of one’s mind*, out to lunch*, psycho*,… …   New thesaurus

  • loony — informal ► NOUN (pl. loonies) ▪ a mad or silly person. ► ADJECTIVE (loonier, looniest) ▪ mad or silly. DERIVATIVES looniness noun. ORIGIN abbreviation of …   English terms dictionary

  • loony — [[t]lu͟ːni[/t]] loonies, loonier, looniest 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone s behaviour or ideas as loony, you mean that they seem mad, strange, or eccentric. [INFORMAL] What s she up to? She s as loony as her brother! ...loony …   English dictionary

  • loony — I UK [ˈluːnɪ] / US [ˈlunɪ] noun [countable] Word forms loony : singular loony plural loonies informal an insulting word for someone who you think is crazy or strange II UK [ˈluːnɪ] / US [ˈlunɪ] adjective Word forms loony : adjective loony… …   English dictionary

  • loony — loon|y1 [ˈlu:ni] n plural loonies [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: lunatic] informal someone who is crazy or strange ▪ Her brother s a complete loony. loony 2 loony2 adj informal silly, crazy, or strange ▪ a loony idea …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • loony — noun (C) informal someone who is crazy or strange: Her brother s a complete loony. loony adjective: loony ideas …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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