Definition of meshuggener in English:



North American
  • A mad or foolish person.

    ‘they thought he was a meshuggener, and they locked him in his room’
    • ‘For the overwhelmingly Italian audience phrases such as ‘world-class meshuggana’ probably lost something in translation.’
    • ‘And say its possible that all of these meshuggeners manage to have lucrative careers with the intelligence services.’
    • ‘My Jewish friend turned to me incredulously and said, ‘A fine man, but on this he's a meshuggener.’’
    • ‘I find it strange that some meshuggener will post a moderate to short reply on the search function when in the same amount of effort they could have answered the question.’
    • ‘My biggest fear, of course, is swimming slower than the hundreds of other meshuggeners and being left behind, solitary in the open sea and crashing waves.’
    • ‘If you can't recall most of the madness surrounding those murderous meshuggeners, you are not alone.’
    • ‘One thing that bothers me is those meshuggeners at the gaming magazines who have the chutzpah to kvell all over their games, even when they're dreck.’
    • ‘The key to understanding the meshuggana, is that he requires an emotional response from those he dislikes.’
    • ‘Every time she tries to visit him, though, his jealous stepmother and meshuggener tutor make him fall into a deep sleep.’
    • ‘So Shlomo the tomato turned round and shouted at Benjy, ‘You meshuggener, ketch-up.’’
    • ‘So while Crossing Delancey is mellow and ‘nice,’ you're not meshuggener if you come away wondering if it could have offered more beneath its surface.’
    • ‘If you see me walking down the street waving my hands around and swaying like a meshuggana, I'm just conducting the orchestra to music I hear in my head.’
    • ‘I'm a hayseed for wanting decent beer, and you're a meshuggener.’
    • ‘Some Swedish meshuggeners are presently designing some new meshuggah pages, and have offered med to move my news over to their site eventually.’


Early 20th century (as an adjective): variant of meshuga.