Definition of crackpot in English:



  • An eccentric or foolish person.

    ‘people who claim famous past identities are usually dismissed as crackpots’
    • ‘We wondered if our neighbors would think it was the work of crackpots.’
    • ‘Even the crackpots who vented at him received polite and gracious counter-arguments.’
    • ‘Of course crackpots with guns aren't a uniquely American problem.’
    • ‘They can make even the most demented crackpots seem so… civilized.’
    • ‘Then there are crackpots and malcontents, and people who have been genuinely burned by the Bahamian experience.’
    • ‘I seem to be the risk-free venture with certain crackpots.’
    • ‘People on either side of this ‘argument’ are not crackpots; they are people with opinions, just like Harvey.’
    • ‘I know who these crackpots are and I couldn't be happier that somebody is standing up to them.’
    • ‘It's a site dedicated to ‘cranks, crackpots, kooks, and loons on the Web.’’
    • ‘But Stein trots out his definition of a writer as if belonging to this group of crackpots is something to be proud of.’
    • ‘He worked for the Institute, home to various right-wing crackpots.’
    • ‘Now, the left-wing crackpots are finally having their moments in the sun.’
    • ‘The good news is, the crackpots are planning to get together at a conference.’
    • ‘There George, who appears throughout as himself, interviews a series of crackpots and misfits.’
    • ‘Most of them are not wealthy or trained or competent, and a lot are just crackpots.’
    • ‘Interesting to know the science and/or psychology behind the crackpots and their talking pots.’
    • ‘These women aren't crackpots or die-hard new-agers, however.’
    • ‘There have always been conspiracy crackpots; nothing new there.’
    • ‘The sign likened protest zones to ‘a safe haven for crackpots.’’
    • ‘You're the people who've got criminal crackpots sitting on human-rights panels.’
    eccentric, oddity, odd fellow, unorthodox person, individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, bohemian, maverick, deviant, pervert, misfit, hippy, dropout
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  • [attributive] Eccentric; impractical.

    ‘his head's full of crackpot ideas’
    • ‘He'll be lucky to get any established writers on board with that crackpot policy.’
    • ‘Israel and the U.S. already have officially rejected this crackpot theory.’
    • ‘The movie program isn't just some fly-by-night crackpot invention, either.’
    • ‘‘They are very interested in ideas but as Edward said, not in crackpot ones,’ continued Kathy.’
    • ‘The Paranoia Hotline was set up specifically for such crackpot allegations you know.’
    • ‘It is full of absurd would-be lovers, quick-witted opportunists, cold-hearted villains and crackpot eccentrics.’
    • ‘It wasn't me that raised this crackpot idea, was it?’
    • ‘You better not be going to see those crackpot friends of yours!’
    • ‘But the blogosphere's tendency toward crackpot theorizing could not be suppressed for long.’
    • ‘These guys didn't get to be where they are by accepting every crackpot idea that came along.’
    • ‘The circus is coming, and it has nothing to do with soleil, shriners or tormented crackpot elephants!’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, London needs plenty more crackpot ideas to keep it moving.’
    • ‘People are allowed to believe whatever they like, and listen to whatever crackpot they choose.’
    • ‘Hypnotism was to the Victorians what energy is to the New Age: a catch-all explanation for crackpot beliefs.’
    • ‘There are votes in environmental policy, no matter how crackpot or expensive.’
    • ‘However, such delusions of grandeur are not confined to crackpot monarchs.’
    • ‘I can't be micromanaging every crackpot decision of a hyperactive home secretary.’
    • ‘The reality is that every crackpot idea in the history of science has been defended on this very same basis.’
    • ‘Here is a typically maddening and illuminating specimen of Pasolini's sublime, crackpot antimodernism.’
    • ‘She wants you to believe that crackpot story because she knows something else; something that she's not willing to tell.’
    unbalanced, of unsound mind, mentally ill, deranged, demented, crazed, distracted, troubled, disturbed, unhinged, insane, mad, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, raving mad, lunatic, out of one's head, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, neurotic, psychotic
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