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crackpot

noun

crack·​pot


| \ˈkrak-ˌpät

\

Definition of crackpot 

: one given to eccentric or lunatic notions






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adjective

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character , codger , crack , crackbrain , crank , eccentric , flake , fruitcake , head case , kook , nut , nutcase , nutter [ British slang ] , oddball , oddity , original , quiz , screwball , weirdo , zany

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Examples of crackpot in a Sentence


Some crackpot in a clown suit is out there directing traffic.


everyone is tolerant of the town crackpot, a man who never hurt anyone

Recent Examples on the Web


LeDuff pairs the Bundys’ campaign with a poignant portrayal of Carrie Dann, a nearly 80-year-old Shoshone woman fighting for grazing rights as hard as the Bundy clan, but without the media attention or the crackpots.

Sam Quinones, chicagotribune.com, “A gonzo tour of what ails America,” 29 June 2018



And where some have cast the old man as a crackpot, a flash in the pan, the details behind the family’s anti-government actions are complicated, stretching back decades — a century, even.

Leah Sottile, Longreads, “Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert,” 15 May 2018



But depriving haters and crackpots of oxygen hasn’t been working lately.

Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, “Governor Charlie Baker, please don’t ignore the bigot running against you,” 9 May 2018



But if this documentary celebrates a crackpot, Mr. Friedkin is his match.

Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, “Review: In ‘The Devil and Father Amorth,’ a Filmmaker Gets Real,” 19 Apr. 2018



He’s seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat.

Pat Graham, Michael Balsamo, Popular Mechanics, “Flat Earth Rocket Man Finally Did It,” 25 Mar. 2018



He’s seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat.

Washington Post, “Self-taught rocket scientist blasts off into California sky,” 25 Mar. 2018



He’s seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat.

NBC News, “Self-taught rocket scientist finally blasts off into California sky,” 25 Mar. 2018



But the scientists involved in the project considered them crackpots and doggedly tried to negate the idea of flying saucers.

Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, “What UFO ‘Encounters’ Can Tell Us About Fake News and Climate Change Denial,” 1 Mar. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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noun

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: a person who is crazy or very strange

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crackpot

noun

crack·​pot


| \ˈkrak-ˌpät

\

Definition of crackpot 

: one given to eccentric or lunatic notions






Other Words from crackpot






Synonyms






Example Sentences






Learn More about crackpot

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from crackpot

crackpot

adjective

Synonyms for crackpot

Synonyms

character , codger , crack , crackbrain , crank , eccentric , flake , fruitcake , head case , kook , nut , nutcase , nutter [ British slang ] , oddball , oddity , original , quiz , screwball , weirdo , zany

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of crackpot in a Sentence


Some crackpot in a clown suit is out there directing traffic.


everyone is tolerant of the town crackpot, a man who never hurt anyone

Recent Examples on the Web


LeDuff pairs the Bundys’ campaign with a poignant portrayal of Carrie Dann, a nearly 80-year-old Shoshone woman fighting for grazing rights as hard as the Bundy clan, but without the media attention or the crackpots.

Sam Quinones, chicagotribune.com, “A gonzo tour of what ails America,” 29 June 2018



And where some have cast the old man as a crackpot, a flash in the pan, the details behind the family’s anti-government actions are complicated, stretching back decades — a century, even.

Leah Sottile, Longreads, “Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert,” 15 May 2018



But depriving haters and crackpots of oxygen hasn’t been working lately.

Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, “Governor Charlie Baker, please don’t ignore the bigot running against you,” 9 May 2018



But if this documentary celebrates a crackpot, Mr. Friedkin is his match.

Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, “Review: In ‘The Devil and Father Amorth,’ a Filmmaker Gets Real,” 19 Apr. 2018



He’s seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat.

Pat Graham, Michael Balsamo, Popular Mechanics, “Flat Earth Rocket Man Finally Did It,” 25 Mar. 2018



He’s seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat.

Washington Post, “Self-taught rocket scientist blasts off into California sky,” 25 Mar. 2018



He’s seen a flurry of reaction to his plans, with detractors labeling him a crackpot for planning the launch in a homemade contraption and his belief that the world is flat.

NBC News, “Self-taught rocket scientist finally blasts off into California sky,” 25 Mar. 2018



But the scientists involved in the project considered them crackpots and doggedly tried to negate the idea of flying saucers.

Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, “What UFO ‘Encounters’ Can Tell Us About Fake News and Climate Change Denial,” 1 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘crackpot.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback .

See More

First Known Use of crackpot

1883, in the meaning defined above

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Learn More about crackpot

Share crackpot

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Dictionary Entries near crackpot

crackly

cracknel

crackowe

crackpot

crackrope

crack shot

crackskull

Statistics for crackpot

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for crackpot

The first known use of crackpot was
in 1883

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Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for crackpot

crackpot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crackpot

: a person who is crazy or very strange

See the full definition for crackpot in the English Language Learners Dictionary

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on crackpot

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with crackpot

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for crackpot

Spanish Central: Translation of crackpot

Nglish: Translation of crackpot for Spanish Speakers

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