me·​shuga mə-ˈshu̇-gə How to pronounce meshuga (audio)
variants or meshugge or less commonly meshugah or meshuggah
: foolish, eccentric entry 1
In Israel today one typically hears two comments about "Talik," as he is universally known: that he is short (in fact, he is barely five feet six) and that he is meshuga.Peter Hellman
The former is a smooth crooner, à la Dean Martin, and the latter is a high-energy meshuga comedian, à la Jerry Lewis.Roger A. Berger

Examples of meshuga in a Sentence

when your mother is meshuga like his was, a lifetime of therapy is pretty much a foregone conclusion

Word History


Yiddish meshuge, from Hebrew mĕshuggāʽ

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meshuga was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Meshuga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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