Definition of gaga in English:



  • 1No longer in possession of all one's mental faculties, especially on account of old age.

    ‘I want to write my memoirs before I go too gaga’
    ‘how many raves can you go to without ending up completely gaga?’
    • ‘Ironic, isn't it, that it took a tragedy like the London bombings to illustrate just how completely and inappropriately gaga the British turned eight years ago when Diana died.’
    • ‘This woman who came round is basically a salesperson and managed to sell my Mum an expensive policy handing over ‘power of attorney’ to me and my brother in case my parents both go gaga!’
    • ‘To the hard-eyed realists of New Delhi, this book will only be a minor provocation from an old friend of India who has now gone slightly gaga.’
    • ‘The U.S. media have gone slightly gaga about what's happening over there in Buckingham Palace.’
    • ‘They may have the Himalayas in all their splendour laid out before them, walks in pine-scented forests, lakes of a blue you can die for, wild flowers that would make mafia dons go gaga, and what is it that they demand?’
    • ‘And the media - that includes me, since I'm writing about it - are gaga.’
    • ‘Certain challenges might currently be driving you bananas, but don't get overwhelmed, go gaga and give up - or be goaded into accepting the unacceptable for the sake of peace.’
    • ‘Anita knows people may think she has gone completely gaga when they see her and her partner, a builder from Normanton, tie the knot in a register office in Wakefield, but none of that is going to dissuade her.’
    • ‘In truth political correctness hasn't so much gone gaga as gone mainstream.’
    • ‘I hope I'm not around to see it but if I am - too gaga to know what's happening - put me in with the admirers of deeply flawed dreamers.’
    • ‘I'm still going to go gaga when I meet a seemingly great guy and want to run off to Vegas with him to be married by an Elvis impersonator.’
    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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    1. 1.1Very enthusiastic and excited about someone or something.
      ‘moviegoers went gaga over Harry Potter’
      ‘we are all gaga over Diane's gorgeous designs’
      ‘he comes across all quiet and shy but the women go gaga for him’


Early 20th century: from French, senile, a senile person reduplication based on gâteux, variant of gâteur, hospital slang in the sense bed wetter.