Definition of bonkers in English:



  • [predicative] Mad; crazy.

    ‘you're stark raving bonkers!’
    • ‘Well, the outrageous Julie has always been bonkers, hasn't she.’
    • ‘Another excellent Orb album that will leave you sufficiently bonkers until his next release.’
    • ‘The response of the Zionists was to go absolutely bonkers.’
    • ‘To my delight she shot me a look that said she thought I'd gone bonkers.’
    • ‘But don't get stressed out and go bonkers in the middle of Boots.’
    • ‘When I suggest he could subsidise lower ticket prices by putting on fewer concerts he looks at me as though I am bonkers.’
    • ‘If your neighbour's dogs barking is driving you bonkers, use a video camera to tape the mutt howling.’
    • ‘And, brilliantly insightful or bonkers, they'll still be worth hearing.’
    • ‘I have been going absolutely bonkers trying to get a doll which is absolutely-to-my-liking finished.’
    • ‘She most likely thought I was stark raving bonkers as I told the tale of my worries about leaving the gas on.’
    • ‘I'm not at all surprised by this story, for Manhattan life can be very hectic, very stressful, and, frankly, very bonkers.’
    • ‘It'll be a real hoot to see the neighbors gawking, gasping and going completely bonkers over your capricious little caper.’
    • ‘Speaking for myself, I think Lynne must be perfectly bonkers.’
    • ‘Only one of us was bonkers in this particular episode.’
    • ‘It would be bonkers for one council to act alone, but it would make sense if all three million people in Greater Manchester came to the same decision.’
    • ‘It comes as a shock to find oneself joining the ‘Dear Sir, are we all going bonkers?’’
    • ‘The alternative, which is of course always possible, is that half the town has gone stark, raving bonkers.’
    • ‘Well, provided you haven't gone completely bonkers and been committed, that may well be true.’
    • ‘Even now, mixed raced children either embrace a black identity or go bonkers trying to fit into a white society that won't accept them as one of their own.’
    • ‘Good god, he really has gone stark raving bonkers, hasn't he?’
    severely mentally ill, mentally ill, insane, mad, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, not together, crazed, maniac, maniacal, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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1940s: of unknown origin.