loo·​ny | \ ˈlü-nē How to pronounce loony (audio) \
variants: or less commonly looney
loonier; looniest

Definition of loony

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Other Words from loony

looniness noun
loony noun, plural loonies

Examples of loony in a Sentence

Every family includes someone who's a little loony. that's got to be the looniest idea I've ever heard
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Keaton’s loony demon dominates what may still be director Tim Burton’s best movie. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Comic-Con, the Baltimore Running Festival, an interactive ‘Rocky Horror’ and more," 13 Oct. 2019 You were elected to represent all of Colorado, not just the loony, lefty, nonsensical opinions of the progressives. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Yes, let’s look at San Francisco’s minimum wage hike (10/5/19)," 6 Oct. 2019 The first commercial space shuttle sends loony Ted and his former girlfriend on a trip to the moon. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 When a corporate mega-park opens nearby, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits must pull out all the stops to try and save the day. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 This affords the great Cate Blanchett any number of hyper-ventilating, evasion-centric loony scenes, but also leaves the heart of the matter 'til the very end. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Where'd You Go, Bernadette': Film Review," 15 Aug. 2019 The saga of the loony mallard is something of a bright spot for this year’s loon families. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Empty Nester Loons Adopt a Mallard Chick in Northern Wisconsin," 27 July 2019 Surgeons were pillars of society, herbalists the loony fringe. The Economist, "The business of the body," 11 July 2019 Most of them seem to feel a calm fascination with natural disasters, like a woman who gets astonishingly drunk during a hurricane and imagines that men from her past visit her in increasingly loony scenarios verging on magical realism. Erin Berger, Outside Online, "Lauren Groff's 'Florida' Dives into the Swamp," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of loony

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loony

by shortening & alteration from lunatic

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“Loony.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/looney. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loony

informal : crazy or foolish

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dull or mediocre

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