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

Definition of crackpot

: one given to eccentric or lunatic notions

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crackpot adjective

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 Governments justified spending willy-nilly with crackpot ideas like Modern Monetary Theory. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 16 May 2021 Cheney is being purged for her stubborn refusal to accept -- much less peddle -- the dangerous, crackpot lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Arkansas Online, 9 May 2021 Many historians treat the Populist revolt as a crackpot movement that fell by the wayside. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 Once dismissed as a crackpot belief system undeserving of serious attention, QAnon has emerged as a national security priority in the wake of the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 The society, founded in 1958, was fiercely anti-communist - and fond of crackpot theories. Erick Trickey,, 16 Jan. 2021 Much like the one Alabama needs right now — because our crackpot politicians are causing a scene again and people are getting hurt. Kyle Whitmire |, al, 9 Jan. 2021 His theories, some of which scientists viewed as bordering on the crackpot, were exactly what the president wanted to hear: The virus is overblown, the number of deaths is exaggerated, testing is overrated, lockdowns do more harm than good. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 The claim that state legislatures may have powers to intervene in disputed elections is not, in fact, a crackpot theory. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of crackpot

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crackpot was in 1883

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23 May 2021

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“Crackpot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crackpot

informal : a person who is crazy or very strange

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