One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Unable to think or act normally, especially as a result of being in love.‘a moonstruck but musically unaccomplished lover’
- ‘You're making me sound like some moonstruck girl of ten!’
- ‘You could have married a sensible woman, but instead you chose a moonstruck child to devote yourself to.’
- ‘Peter kept his eyes on the road with great difficulty; he wanted to look at her with moonstruck eyes and experience her loveliness all over again.’
- ‘He offers you the spectacle of an ironic, intelligent 47-year-old man gazing at Yelena with the dotty helplessness of a moonstruck adolescent: aware of his own absurdity but powerless to prevent it.’
Late 17th century: from moon + struck, past participle of strike; because it was believed that the moon could affect the mind.
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