Definition of magnoon in English:

magnoon

adjective

NZ, Australian
informal
  • Mad or eccentric.

    ‘during the night a camel went magnoon and chased round the lines’
    • ‘I showed him my revolver and told him if they went magnoon again we should shoot.’
    • ‘Their language, when a camel went mangoon, was simply shocking.’
    • ‘Oh, Nadia is magnoon, crazy.’
    • ‘Over this interesting discovery they fairly went magnoon.’
    • ‘I know he's magnoon these days but he was the best and probably always will be.’
    • ‘He is magnoon with anger, and will speak with none but you.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Egyptian Arabic majnūn ‘possessed’, a word encountered by British troops during the Siege of Khartoum and subsequently widely used by Australian troops during the First World War.

Pronunciation

magnoon

/maɡˈnuːn/