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meshugaas

Definition:

craziness; senseless behavior or activity

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

meshugaasen

Type of:

folly » play » diversion » activity

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

meshugoss [informal, Yiddish] | mishegaas [informal, Yiddish] | mishegoss [informal, Yiddish] | mishugoss [informal, Yiddish]

Etymology:

Yiddish, noun from "meshuga"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Yiddish words used in English

Yiddish words may be used in a primarily English language context. An English sentence that uses these words sometimes is said to be in Yinglish, however the primary meaning of Yinglish is an anglicism used in Yiddish. This secondary sense of the term ... (43 of 4439 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Yiddish words used in English

Oxford Dictionary:

meshugaas

Syllabification: (me·shu·gaas) | [North American, informal] | mad or idiotic ideas or behavior (11 of 41 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/meshugaas

meshugaas [North American, informal] | mishugas

mad or foolish ideas or behaviour (6 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/meshugaas

American Heritage Dictionary:

meshugaas [slang] | mishegaas | mishegoss

Crazy or senseless activity or behavior; craziness. (7 of 23 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/meshugaas

Random House Dictionary:

meshugaas [slang] | mishegaas

foolishness; insanity; senselessness. (3 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/meshugaas

Wiktionary:

madness | madnesses [plural] | mishegoss [slang] | silliness [slang] | insanity [synonym, sense-specific] | sanity [antonym, sense-specific]

The state of being mad; insanity; mental disease. | rash folly (10 of 15 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/madness

New World Dictionary:

meshugas | mishigas | mishegoss

craziness; foolishness; nonsense (3 of 8 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/meshugas

Britannica Encyclopedia:

folly [architecture]

also called Eyecatcher, in architecture, a costly, generally nonfunctional building that was erected to enhance a natural landscape. Follies first ... (20 of 187 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/212366​/folly

Columbia Encyclopedia:

insanity | mental illness, legal | legal mental illness | mental illness | lunacy

mental disorder of such severity as to render its victim incapable of managing his affairs or of conforming to social standards. Today, the term ... (24 of 362 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0825277​.html

Collins Dictionary:

tomfoolery | tomfooleries [plural] | rubbish [synonym, sense-specific]

foolish behaviour | utter nonsense; rubbish (5 of 318 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tomfoolery

Merriam-Webster:

tomfoolery | buffoonery [synonym] | clownery [synonym] | clowning [synonym] | foolery [synonym] | high jinks [synonym] | horsing around [synonym] | monkey business [synonym] | monkeying [synonym] | ...

playful or foolish behavior (4 of 121 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tomfoolery

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tomfoolery [uncountable, outdated]

behaviour that is not sensible (5 of 30 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tomfoolery

Cambridge Dictionary:

tomfoolery [dated]

silly, often playful, behaviour (4 of 10 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tomfoolery

Encarta Dictionary:

tomfoolery | tomfooleries [plural]

silly behavior | a silly action or statement (7 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720767​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

meshugaas

First use: early 20th century

Origin: Yiddish, noun from "meshuga"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/meshugaas

meshugaas [North American, informal]

Origin: early 20th century: Yiddish, noun from "meshuga"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/meshugaas

American Heritage Dictionary:

meshugaas [slang] | mishegaas | mishegoss

Origin: Yiddish meshegas, from Hebrew məšuggā';; see "meshuga".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/meshugaas

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

meshugaas

Audio: British English pronunciation of "meshugaas"

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mishegaas

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mishegaas"

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YourDictionary Audio:

meshugaas

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "meshugaas"

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