stir crazy


adjective Slang.
Informal. restless or frantic because of confinement, routine, etc.: I was stir-crazy after just two months of keeping house.
mentally ill because of long imprisonment.

1935–40; stir2 + crazy

stir-craziness, noun Unabridged
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slang mentally disturbed as a result of being in prison or otherwise confined

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Word Origin & History

1908, from 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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stir crazy definition

  1. mod.
    anxious and mentally disturbed from being confined, as in prison. (See also stir.) : I was going stir crazy in my little room, so I moved to a bigger place.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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