stir-craziness

stir-crazy

[stur-krey-zee]
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:
1935–40; stir2 + crazy

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

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stir-crazy
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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