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

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

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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 Just don’t get too loony over loons, says Harry Vogel, senior biologist and executive director of the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough, N.H. This year, July Fourth festivities are occurring in the middle of loon chick hatching season. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Around July Fourth, look out for loon chicks," 1 July 2018 The show is populated by a truly loony cast of characters, most of whom come from very different worlds than the relatively privileged producers and flacks who populated 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt deftly takes on #MeToo and terrible men in season 4," 30 May 2018 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 As with Ocean’s Eleven’s motley crew of con artists, these characters aren’t developed much beyond their elite competency; with the exception of Bonham Carter’s loony Rose and Awkwafina’s gruff Constance, their skills are their personalities. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ocean’s 8 isn’t a great movie, but it’s a perfect summer movie.," 6 June 2018 His cowering attitude is so extreme as to remind at times of Dennis Weaver’s loony motel manager in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Buy Me a Gun': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 Roles for the young thespians were wild tour guides, frantic Hollywood studio personnel and agents, loony lawyers, little monsters, wanna-be-actors and gossip columnists. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Drama club learns that the show must go ojn [West Laurel]," 5 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of loony

informal : crazy or foolish

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