crack·​pot | \ ˈkrak-ˌpät How to pronounce crackpot (audio) \

Definition of crackpot

: one given to eccentric or lunatic notions

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Examples of crackpot in a Sentence

Some crackpot in a clown suit is out there directing traffic. everyone is tolerant of the town crackpot, a man who never hurt anyone
Recent Examples on the Web Ars: Conversely, Galileo's example has been twisted by various cranks and crackpots into the exact opposite of what Galileo stood for. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We now have more evidence that Galileo likely never said “And yet it moves”," 17 May 2020 They were organized by the same crackpot who held press conferences last November to claim that former Gov. Matt Bevin had the election stolen from him. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Dumb protesters in Frankfort don't care if you die, you're messing with their money," 16 Apr. 2020 But if this documentary celebrates a crackpot, Mr. Friedkin is his match. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Devil and Father Amorth,’ a Filmmaker Gets Real," 19 Apr. 2018 He's seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat. Pat Graham, Michael Balsamo, Popular Mechanics, "Flat Earth Rocket Man Finally Did It," 25 Mar. 2018 But the scientists involved in the project considered them crackpots and doggedly tried to negate the idea of flying saucers. Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, "What UFO 'Encounters' Can Tell Us About Fake News and Climate Change Denial," 1 Mar. 2018 Irving is perceived as a crackpot, or maybe just a goofball. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "It’s Kyrie Irving’s World Now," 17 Jan. 2018 Statements to the contrary, official-sounding people cautioned, were probably the musings of crackpots in tinfoil hats. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "The government admits it studies UFOs. So about those Area 51 conspiracy theories …," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of crackpot

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Crackpot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crackpot

informal : a person who is crazy or very strange

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