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[bong-kerz] /ˈbɒŋ kərz/
adjective, Slang.
mentally unbalanced; mad; crazy.
Origin of bonkers
1945-50; of uncertain origin; for final element, cf. -ers Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bonkers
  • Trainers look for dogs that go bonkers over a favorite toy, such a tennis ball.
  • But they're bonkers when it comes to giving sanctuary.
  • The sleeper parched of his dreams, or purged of his nightmares, goes swiftly bonkers: without fantasy there is no reality.
  • They're not all that interested in that, except when it's time to film, and then they go bonkers.
  • Tech culture has a habit of going bonkers for the flavor of the week.
  • At first he was wary, because the guy's really bonkers.
  • If you subject people to various kinds of inhumane and abusive treatment, some fraction will go bonkers.
  • But for the past three or four years, typefaces have gone bonkers.
  • She also goes bonkers over the sight of the color red.
  • Those who are sound of limb, clear of eye, and absolutely bonkers can do it in a day.
British Dictionary definitions for bonkers


(slang, mainly Brit) mad; crazy
Word Origin
C20 (originally in the sense: slightly drunk, tipsy): of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bonkers

"crazy," 1957, British slang, perhaps from earlier naval slang meaning "slightly drunk" (1948), from notion of a thump ("bonk") on the head.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bonkers



Crazy; insane; nuts: Folks are going slightly bonkers these days over anything that glitters/ suffering stress-related ailments like eczema or colitis, or just plain going bonkers

[1950s+ British; probably fr bonk, ''to hit on the head,'' plus the British slang suffix -ers]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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