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gaga

or ga-ga

[gah-gah] /ˈgɑˌgɑ/
adjective, Informal.
1.
excessively and foolishly enthusiastic:
The public went gaga over the new fashions.
2.
ardently fond; infatuated:
He's gaga over the new girl in class.
3.
demented; crazy; dotty.
Origin of gaga
1915-1920
1915-20; < French; imitative
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  • Then, very quietly, she took off her own pinafore, and stole across the room and listened at gaga's door.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • The sight of gaga moved him; his eyes did not leave her again.

  • gaga stood there smiling shyly, and looking at her with his appealing eyes.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • By the way, the chances are that he did not know that gaga was still in the house.

    Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Sally went down to the half-landing and into the small room which gaga had always used for evening work before his marriage.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
British Dictionary definitions for gaga

gaga

/ˈɡɑːɡɑː/
adjective (informal)
1.
senile; doting
2.
slightly crazy
Word Origin
C20: from French, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gaga
adj.

"crazy, silly," 1920, probably from French gaga "senile, foolish," probably imitative of meaningless babbling.

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