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[froot-keyk] /ˈfrutˌkeɪk/
a rich cake containing dried or candied fruit, nuts, etc.
Slang. a crazy or eccentric person; nut.
Origin of fruitcake
1840-50; fruit + cake Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fruitcake
  • 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 fruitcake.
  • 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.
  • fruitcake is the only food durable enough to become a family heirloom.
  • In a season awash with fruitcake and candy canes, nothing revives a weary palate better than a tangy fresh oyster.
British Dictionary definitions for fruitcake


a rich cake containing mixed dried fruit, lemon peel, nuts, etc
(slang, mainly Brit) a person considered to be eccentric or insane
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Word Origin and History for fruitcake

1838 in the literal sense, from fruit + cake (n.). Slang meaning "lunatic person" is first attested 1952.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fruitcake


  1. : those fruitcake sandal makers in the tractor-gear factory
  2. : his fruitcake mannerisms
  1. An insane person; nut: The shrink himself is a certified fruitcake (1950s+)
  2. An eccentric person; fruit, oddball (1950s+)
  3. A male homosexual; fruit (1960s+)
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nutty as a fruitcake

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


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