stir-crazy

adjective
stir-cra·​zy | \ ˈstər-ˈkrā-zē How to pronounce stir-crazy (audio) \

Definition of stir-crazy

slang
: distraught because of prolonged confinement

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Stir-crazy originated as a word to describe a prisoner who became distraught after prolonged confinement. Stir is a 19th-century slang word for "prison" that some word historians have suspected to be from Romani stariben, of the same meaning. But a convincing argument of that origin has yet been made. Today, stir-crazy describes any person who has become restless, agitated, or anxious from being or feeling entrapped in some place.

First Known Use of stir-crazy

circa 1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stir-crazy

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The first known use of stir-crazy was circa 1908

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12 Jan 2022

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“Stir-crazy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stir-crazy. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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stir-crazy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stir-crazy

: unhappy and upset because you have been in a place for a long time and want to get out

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