barking mad


variants or barking
chiefly British, informal
: not mentally sound : exhibiting a severely disordered state of mind
… an eccentric personality that verged on barking madMitchell Owens
"Another one who thinks you're barking," said Ron, throwing a crumpled letter over his shoulder …J. K. Rowling

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barking mad was in 1927

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“Barking mad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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