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noun me·shug·gen·er \-ˈshu̇-gə-nər\

Definition of meshuggener

  1. :  a foolish or crazy person

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From bagel and chutzpah to shtick and yenta, Yiddish has given English many a colorful term over the years. Meshuggener is another example of what happens when English interprets that rich Jewish language. Meshuggener comes from the Yiddish meshugener, which in turn derives from meshuge, an adjective that is synonymous with "crazy" or "foolish." English speakers have used the adjective form, meshuga or meshugge, to mean "foolish" since the late 1800s; we've dubbed foolish folk meshuggeners since at least 1900.

Origin of meshuggener

Yiddish meshugener, from meshuge

First Known Use: 1900

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expressing little or no emotion

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