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Silly and eccentric or scatterbrained.‘dippy ideas’
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 hareView synonyms
- ‘As the sweetly dippy Anita, who was clearly a few fries short of the full chip supper, Shobna was winningly funny, spouting Wood's robustly Northern jokes alongside seasoned stars like Julie Walters and Celia Imrie.’
- ‘Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the world's richest man, is also a left-hander, as are the actresses Nicole Kidman and Lisa Kudrow, who played dippy Phoebe in Friends.’
- ‘In the next three seconds, somewhere in the world, an ingenuous pop star or maybe a dippy actress or a sententious comedian will harangue you about Third World debt.’
- ‘In this show suitable for six- to ten-year-olds, the cast of three comprises Rachel Over's creature-loving Norah; Paul Hutchinson as her dippy, wannabe pop-star boyfriend Norman and Lucy Atkinson as none other than God herself.’
- ‘Worse than this dippy nonsense is the smug hippie sanctimony Glastonbury attracts.’
- ‘His wife is gradually losing her marbles; his sister-in-law is a dippy alcoholic.’
- ‘For one thing, I would never die for a fascist's right to say whatever dippy little thing entered his head.’
- ‘The farmers were not telling jokes, they were laughing uproariously at the long-haired, dippy hiker bloke.’
- ‘My dippy mother is going around frantically getting all the things from inside the living room that are worth any money, which I can tell you it ‘aint a lot!’
- ‘Also released this week is White Chicks, a comedy starring the brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans as African-American FBI agents who disguise themselves as dippy white female socialites for a weekend in the Hamptons.’
- ‘There's the Emily Mortimer school: ‘I am dippy and flaky, and don't have a plan, though I will end up with the hottest young actor at the end of the evening.’’
- ‘But before long, Katherine and Eloise, two rather dippy teenagers from the family group, are, unwittingly, heading towards the first set of rapids.’
- ‘And that's fine with me - even though I am aware that I can be as dippy as any stereotypical blonde.’
- ‘It's one of those things that i'm just gonna take with me to my grave, probably the closest I'll ever come to space, in its dippy space camp way, you know?’
- ‘Maguire's dippy smile and wide-eyed, otherworldly quality - changes of expression seem to form in remarkable slow-motion on his face - work just as well here as in The Ice Storm and Pleasantville.’
- ‘We sit on the top deck and zone out, gazing into the middle distance with dippy smiles on our faces.’
- ‘Inoffensive, energetic and pleasantly silly comic froth, David Dobkin's jaunty Shanghai Knights serves up robust verbal cut and thrust from the ever willing Chan and his charmingly dippy, English-baiting foil, Wilson.’
- ‘My Brother was supposed to be calling me last night after going to see Dad and letting me know how things were going with our dippy younger Brother but I never got the call so we're a little on edge this morning not knowing how things are going.’
- ‘This might sound really dippy, but I really can't remember which photos I had on page 8 of the photo album on the Sherri and Gina website.’
- ‘The times I was just having a beery laugh with my friends, times when we shared in each other's extrovert abandon, each other's dippy oblivion.’
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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