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moon +‎ struck. Compare German Low German maansüchtig, German mondsüchtig.


moonstruck (comparative more moonstruck, superlative most moonstruck)

  1. (obsolete) Crazy or insane when affected by the phases of the Moon.
  2. (by extension) Showing irrational behaviour, especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.
  3. (obsolete) Made sick, or (like fishes) unsuitable for food, by the supposed influence of the Moon.



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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for moonstruck in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)