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Mar 27, 2008
This week's theme
Words from Yiddish

This week's words
schnorrer
megillah
schnook
meshuga
schlump

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meshuga or meshugga

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio (muh-SHOOG-uh)

adjective: Crazy; stupid.

From Yiddish meshuge, from Hebrew meshugga.

"Plenty of hip-hoppers want to be considered insane, but only Paul Barman wants to be known as meshuga."
David Segal; The Weirder, the Better; The Washington Post; Jun 25, 2000.

See more usage examples of meshuga in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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