crackpot

noun
crack·​pot | \ˈkrak-ˌpät \

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

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LeDuff pairs the Bundys' campaign with a poignant portrayal of Carrie Dann, a nearly 80-year-old Shoshone woman fighting for grazing rights as hard as the Bundy clan, but without the media attention or the crackpots. Sam Quinones, chicagotribune.com, "A gonzo tour of what ails America," 29 June 2018 And where some have cast the old man as a crackpot, a flash in the pan, the details behind the family’s anti-government actions are complicated, stretching back decades — a century, even. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 But depriving haters and crackpots of oxygen hasn’t been working lately. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Charlie Baker, please don’t ignore the bigot running against you," 9 May 2018 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 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. Washington Post, "Self-taught rocket scientist blasts off into California sky," 25 Mar. 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. NBC News, "Self-taught rocket scientist finally blasts off into California sky," 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

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First Known Use of crackpot

1883, in the meaning defined above

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crackpot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crackpot

: a person who is crazy or very strange

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