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stir-crazy

[stur-krey-zee] /ˈstɜrˌkreɪ zi/
adjective, Slang.
1.
Informal. restless or frantic because of confinement, routine, etc.:
I was stir-crazy after just two months of keeping house.
2.
mentally ill because of long imprisonment.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; stir2 + crazy
Related forms
stir-craziness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stir crazy

stir-crazy

adjective
1.
(slang) mentally disturbed as a result of being in prison or otherwise confined
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Word Origin and History for stir crazy

stir-crazy

adj.

1908, from crazy + stir "prison" (1851), probably from Start Newgate (1757), prison in London, later any prison (1823), probably from Romany stardo "imprisoned," related to staripen "a prison." Mid-19c. sturaban, sturbin "state prison" seem to be transitional forms.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stir crazy

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