crack·​pot ˈkrak-ˌpät How to pronounce crackpot (audio)
plural crackpots
: one given to eccentric or wildly foolish notions
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
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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crackpot was in 1883

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“Crackpot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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crack·​pot ˈkrak-ˌpät How to pronounce crackpot (audio)
: a crazy or very strange person
crackpot adjective

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