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 Steve Purnick kvetches with pizazz as Mr. Mushnik, and T. Robert Pigott is appropriately loony as the sadistic dentist but really comes into his own in a succession of silly minor characters with fun quick changes. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 8 May 2021 What happened to Leff highlights how loony this can be. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Both reporters who were approached under this loony scheme held their ground. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 Like a loony kind of bazaar, every inch of the space was cluttered with disparate items — her television, her expensive kitchen-knife set, a small fridge — with a tiny patch on the floor for Abby, her poodle. Bridget Read, Curbed, 2 Feb. 2021 After a while the City managed to look loony and sensible at the same time, like a VW Beetle. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, 9 July 2020 So why do people believe such loony conspiracy theories? Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2020 There is a pleasant, loony tension in the earliest episodes of Run, a kind of fizzing combination of excitement and unease. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2020 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, 4 Oct. 2019

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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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20 May 2021

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“Loony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loony. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loony

informal : crazy or foolish

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