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

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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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The first known use of crackpot was in 1883

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English Language Learners Definition of crackpot

informal : a person who is crazy or very strange

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