Share this entry

Share this page

loony

Line breaks: loony
Pronunciation: /ˈluːni
 
/
informal

Definition of loony in English:

noun (plural loonies)

A mad or silly person: she was working with a bunch of loonies
More example sentences
  • Are the media stereotyping her as a left-wing loony?
  • He has been called a loony, naive, gullible and a traitor.
  • ‘I suppose I've moved from being an extremist to a tolerated loony,’ he laughs.

adjective (loonier, looniest)

Back to top  
Mad or silly: loony drivers
More example sentences
  • That's the bonus with having depressed and/or raving loony parents.
  • He needed to get away from that crazy loony school.
  • They must get a lot of loony email from kids and psycho fans.

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation of lunatic.

Derivatives

looniness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Random observations has proof that esteemed academic qualifications can go with severe looniness.
  • And then the inherent looniness of the regime reasserts itself and we are back to square one.
  • They're one-person pundit shows, replete with the stridency and looniness usually edited off TV.

Words that rhyme with loony

cartoony, lacunae, Moonie, moony, Nguni, puny, Rooney, spoony, uni

Definition of loony in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure