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moonstruck

[moon-struhk] /ˈmunˌstrʌk/
adjective
1.
mentally deranged, supposedly by the influence of the moon; crazed.
2.
dreamily romantic or bemused.
Also, moonstricken
[moon-strik-uh n] /ˈmunˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of moonstruck
1665-1675
1665-75; moon + struck
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  • Disarmed by the frenzy of their moonstruck commander, what resistance could they make?

  • "You must surely be from far away, moonstruck man," she said.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • Maisie jumped up, and stood staring in front of her as if she had been moonstruck.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • I shouldn't wonder if Liverpool got moonstruck and just pitched overboard.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • He dashed it to the ground as a libation, smiling like one moonstruck, a flood of soft fancies making that bleak spot dear.

  • He looked at them, thinking they must be moonstruck, for their conduct seemed inexplicable.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Dissatisfied, she turned back to Newlin and again the moonstruck eyes probed and assessed him.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
British Dictionary definitions for moonstruck

moonstruck

/ˈmuːnˌstrʌk/
adjective
1.
deranged or mad
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Word Origin and History for moonstruck
adj.

1670s, from moon (n.) + struck (see strike (v.)). Cf. Greek selenobletos. For sense, cf. moon (v.). Perhaps coined by Milton.

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