Definition of stir-crazy in US English:



North American
  • Psychologically disturbed, especially as a result of being confined or imprisoned.

    ‘she'd be in danger of going stir-crazy if she had to look at the same four walls any longer’
    • ‘When trouble's brewing at Wandsworth prison, London, staff calm down stir-crazy inmates by serving up drinks with names such as Valerian Plus and Tranquillity.’
    • ‘After dangling for hours within arms reach of each other, the two PTIs started looking for ways to keep amused to avoid going stir-crazy.’
    • ‘She's probably going stir-crazy - she'll be back here soon.’
    • ‘There is only so much simple knitting that a girl can do in a dark colour 4-ply before she starts going stir-crazy.’
    • ‘A particular blizzard roared on for days at a time, and she was getting stir-crazy being stuck in the house while the storm blew over.’
    • ‘And though these cosmic tourists manage to locate some admittedly fantastic points of interest, their haphazard navigational powers might cause even the most stir-crazy listeners to wait for assistance from more reliable guides.’
    • ‘Besides, I might eventually go stir-crazy without someone to talk to.’
    • ‘Having sat through a soporific video presentation, gazed at some rather disappointing Hungarian art and contemplated the implications of Freud's psychoanalysis of his own daughter, the pair are slightly stir-crazy.’
    • ‘It's the long winters that drives some people stir-crazy.’
    • ‘Shortly after moving in, however, a gregarious, stir-crazy hotdog vendor named Joe involves himself in Fin's life, and soon strikes up a friendship with the reluctant train enthusiast.’
    • ‘I just know I'm going to go stir-crazy if I stay in all weekend.’
    • ‘I took him home a week later, because he was going stir-crazy without human contact.’
    • ‘The only consolation for the players as they go stir-crazy is that it's almost as bad back home.’
    • ‘He likes to pitch often, and he goes a bit stir-crazy when he has to sit out for a couple of days.’
    • ‘One new recruit gets stir-crazy and insists on leaving the dug-out.’
    • ‘Now, however, at the end of it all, I'm beginning to feel a little stir-crazy, wanting to be out and about.’
    • ‘His imperfect, cloudy jazz perfectly mimics the stir-crazy atmosphere of the film: just as you think you've got your head in the same galaxy, he punches the coordinates for a far freakier sector of the universe.’
    • ‘Walking had always managed to clear her mind and she was going stir-crazy in the condo.’
    • ‘But if I don't get some fresh air and a bit of leg stretching I shall go stir-crazy.’
    • ‘Before the race, he feared that he'd go stir-crazy between miles 4 and 26, as he had during practice runs.’



/ˈstər ˌkreɪzi//ˈstər ˌkrāzē/