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plural of banana


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ba·​nan·​as bə-ˈna-nəz How to pronounce bananas (audio)
 especially British  -ˈnä-
: mentally unsound
usually used informally in an exaggerated way
… being prone for so long made me a little bananas.Niko Stratis
It may drive you bananas when they can't sleep without their one favorite pacifier, or won't take the plush teddy bear out of their mouth, or need to be by your side at all times.Tara Goldberg
"Seriously, I'm going bananas. I don't know what to do. I'm really frustrated. …, " [Vince] Clarke confesses.Lyndsey Parker
: very excited and wild
The crowd went bananas.

Example Sentences

Adjective All the noise drove me bananas.

Word History

First Known Use


1957, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of bananas was in 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Bananas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ba·​nan·​as bə-ˈnan-əz How to pronounce bananas (audio)
: crazy
you're driving me bananas
the crowd went bananas
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