Definition of meshuga in English:


(also meshugga)


North American
  • (of a person) mad; crazy.

    ‘either a miracle is taking place, or we're all meshuga’
    • ‘Goaded a bit, the executive responds with an almost hysterical edge: ‘Are you meshuga?’’
    • ‘Click on the gefilte fish on the site's main page, and you're welcomed into a colorful, if slightly meshuga, jumble of gay Judaism.’
    • ‘His spelling better reflects the pronunciation of the Yiddish term (mish-eh-GOSS) than Dowd's - is rooted in the Hebrew adjective meshuga, ‘mad, insane.’’
    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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Late 19th century: from Yiddish meshuge, from Hebrew.