gaga

adjective

ga·​ga ˈgä-(ˌ)gä How to pronounce gaga (audio)
1
informal : marked by extreme enthusiasm : infatuated
She is gaga about/over golf.
… in one day, the book was a best seller and America was gaga over crosswords.Richard Wolkomir
often used with go
The crowd went gaga over the new film star.
2
informal : marked by thought or action that lacks good sense or judgment : foolish
He thinks all bungee jumpers are a bit gaga.

Examples of gaga in a Sentence

I can't understand how anyone could be so gaga over golf. He thinks that most artists are at least a little bit gaga.
Recent Examples on the Web One of the main differences between free gaga classes and a hardware-plus-subscription platform such as Peloton is hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Michael Owen, The Atlantic, 29 May 2020 Turns out, the two actors/singers have been gaga for each other (terrible pun, sorry) for a long time. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, 27 Feb. 2019 Juul, a startup that makes e-cigarettes that teenagers are gaga for, is raising $1.2 billion in a round that would value the company at $15 billion — on par with companies like Lyft or Snap. Recode Staff, Recode, 10 July 2018 For the past several years, restaurant chefs have been gaga for sous-vide cooking, but the contraptions required seemed too scientific for home cooks. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, 28 Aug. 2017 And in true Gaga fashion, there were a few wigs — and some dramatic eye shadow looks — involved as well. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, derivative of gaga "fool," of imitative origin

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaga was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Gaga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaga. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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