crackpot

crackpot
1. n. a fake; a person with strange or crazy plans.
Some crackpot called to tell us that the sky is falling in.
I’m no crackpot! I saw some of the sky floating in the lake. If it had fallen on land, someone might have been killed.
2. mod. having to do with crazy things, mainly ideas.
We need a crackpot idea around here just so we’ll have something to compare your ideas to.
Why not start a crackpot idea contest?

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • Crackpot — ist ein abschätzig gemeinter englischer Slangausdruck für eine Person mit exzentrischen Ansichten (ursprünglich allgemein: „Exzentriker“, „Spinner“, „Verrückter“).[1] In seiner eingeschränkten Bedeutung als „eine Person, die Theorien vertritt,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Crackpot — may refer to: Crackpot, North Yorkshire, a village in the United Kingdom Crackpot Hall, a landmark ruin near Keld, North Yorkshire Crackpot Cave, a cave located at Scurvey Scar, in Swaledale, North Yorkshire. Crank (person), a pejorative term a… …   Wikipedia

  • crackpot — n. a whimsically eccentric person. Syn: crank, nut, nutcase, screwball. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crackpot — mentally unbalanced person, 1883, probably from CRACK (Cf. crack) + POT (Cf. pot) in a slang sense of head. Cf. crack brain crazy fellow (late 16c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • crackpot — informal ► NOUN ▪ an eccentric or foolish person. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ eccentric; impractical …   English terms dictionary

  • crackpot — [krak′pät΄] n. Informal a mentally unbalanced or eccentric person adj. Informal crazy or eccentric …   English World dictionary

  • crackpot — [[t]kræ̱kpɒt[/t]] crackpots ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone or their ideas as crackpot, you disapprove of them because you think that their ideas are strange and crazy. [INFORMAL] ...a crackpot millionaire. ...crackpot schemes.… …   English dictionary

  • crackpot — n. (colloq.) a crackpot to + inf. (he was a crackpot to do it) * * * [ krækpɒt] (colloq.) a crackpot to + inf. (he was a crackpot to doit) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • crackpot — UK [ˈkrækˌpɒt] / US [ˈkrækˌpɑt] adjective informal slightly crazy crackpot ideas Derived word: crackpot UK / US noun countable Word forms crackpot : singular crackpot plural crackpots …   English dictionary

  • crackpot — {n.}, {attrib. adj.}, {informal} 1. {n.} An eccentric person with ideas that don t make sense to most other people. * /Don t believe what Uncle Noam tells you he is a crackpot./ 2. {attrib. adj.} * /That s a crackpot idea./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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