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

Definition of crackpot

: one given to eccentric or lunatic notions

Other Words from crackpot

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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First Known Use of crackpot

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Crackpot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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