a rich cake containing dried or candied fruit, nuts, etc.
Slang. a crazy or eccentric person; nut.

1840–50; fruit + cake Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
fruitcake (ˈfruːtˌkeɪk)
1.  a rich cake containing mixed dried fruit, lemon peel, nuts, etc
2.  slang chiefly (Brit) a person considered to be eccentric or insane

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Word Origin & History

1854 in the literal sense, from fruit + cake. Slang meaning "lunatic" is first attested 1952.
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Slang Dictionary

fruitcake definition

  1. n.
    a silly-acting person. (Also a term of address.) : You can be such a silly fruitcake sometimes.
  2. n.
    a male homosexual. (Rude and derogatory. An elaboration of fruit.) : We went into this bar, but it was filled with fruitcakes, so we left.
  3. n.
    and fruit loop. a foolish oaf. (Someone who is as nutty as a fruitcake. Fruit loop is borrowed from the cereal of the same [protected trade] name.) : What a fruitcake! Doesn't even know where his head is at. , Out of the way, fruit loop.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases


see nutty as a fruitcake.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Maybe it's because nobody has sent me a fruitcake yet.
If it's broken, don't put it in the garbage with the wrapping paper and the
But these cookies are everything a fruitcake should be.
It was a fruitcake that you made a month ahead of time, wrapped in foil and
  stored in the fridge.
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