stir-crazy
adjective Etymology: 3stir Date: circa 1908 slang distraught because of prolonged confinement

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  • Stir crazy — may refer to:*Stir crazy (condition), a mental condition experienced by prisoners * Stir Crazy (film), a 1980 comedy film *Stir Crazy (restaurant), a US restaurant chain *Stir Crazy (TV series), a short lived 1985 CBS sitcom *Stir Crazy (song), a …   Wikipedia

  • stir-crazy — stir craziness, n. /sterr kray zee/, adj. 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. [1935 40; STIR2 +… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stir-crazy — stir craziness, n. /sterr kray zee/, adj. 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. [1935 40; STIR2 +… …   Universalium

  • stir-crazy — adj informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: STIR23] extremely nervous and upset, especially because you feel trapped in a place ▪ I m going to go stir crazy if I don t get out of this house …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stir-crazy — adjective INFORMAL needing fresh air or a new situation …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stir-crazy — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ psychologically disturbed as a result of being confined or imprisoned …   English terms dictionary

  • stir-crazy — ☆ stir crazy [stʉr′krā΄zē ] adj. [< STIR2] Slang anxious, tense, etc. from long, close confinement, as in prison …   English World dictionary

  • stir crazy — 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. □ I get sort of stir crazy in the winter …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • stir-crazy —    If a person goes stir crazy, they become very agitated or nervous because they have been confined to a place for too long.     After several days in quarantine, people were going stir crazy …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • stir-crazy — adjective a) Of a prisoner, mentally unbalanced due to prolonged incarceration. After so many days of rain, the kids started to get a bit stir crazy. b) By extension, restless, uncomfortable, or …   Wiktionary

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