doolally

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From doolally tap, interpreting doolally as an adjective.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

doolally (comparative more doolally, superlative most doolally)

  1. (chiefly UK) Insane, mad or eccentric.
    • 1993, Blake Morrison, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, 2007, page 66,
      'Yes, but he took three sleeping-pills in the night, so he says, and he's all doped and doolally now. I need your help to move him.'
    • 2000, Patrick Gale, Rough music, page 56,
      Promise you'll put me in a home when I get really doolally.'
      'If you're truly doolally you won't know if I have or not.'
    • 2010, Helen Cross, Spilt Milk, Black Coffee, page 212,
      The cat scrap at the bridal bash only made him more doolally.
    • 2011, Ewan McGregor (as Dr. Alfred Jones), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, 38'50":
      But then, doolally as this enterprise clearly is, I've had the most pleasant day I can remember having in a long time.