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

Definition of loony

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 Still, their portrayals were threaded with loony humor and irony. New York Times, 20 July 2022 And then there’s the lovely, loony sight of Russell Crowe, gamely chasséing in a golden breastplate and white tutu as the Greek god Zeus. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 On Monday, during the team’s victory parade down Market Street, Klay added to his loony legacy. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 June 2022 That was them — and one farting-corpse feature film later, Daniels have made a name for themselves as go-to absurdists with a love of loony FX, dark comedy and some odd, left-turn swerves into pathos. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2022 Are White, a film that abounds in lovely oddities and gently loony surprises. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 At 51, Hartig is more the fun, loony uncle than the mischievous scalawag—a somewhat shy eccentric with angst disguised as devil-may-care. Christina Binkley, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 Ragtime goes wrong from the opening credits when Forman skips Scott Joplin syncopation for a loony Twyla Tharp waltz. Armond White, National Review, 12 Nov. 2021 And even after a loony back-and-forth against the Utes, in Salt Lake City. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Loony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loony. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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