Definitions

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  • n. A device used to store hats upon. Usually made of wood and standing at least five foot tall, they have a single pole making up most of the height, with a sturdy base to prevent toppling, and an array of lengthy pegs at the top for placement of hats.
  • adj. Crazy, insane.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stand of wood or iron, with hooks or pegs upon which to hang hats, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hat-rack made to stand on the floor: often combined with a small table or an umbrella-stand, or both.

Etymologies

hat +‎ stand (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Zlatan pretty much defines the jibe 'hatstand' in every sense."

    The Guardian World News

  • Never mind that the Best and the Brightest are chiefly remembered for their contribution to Vietnam (damn liberal pacifists!), this sort of stuff is just hatstand bananas.

    Does Obama Like Tyrants More Than He Hates America?

  • A shame to see someone with much to say on a range of issues, so discredited by her hatstand views here.

    Driven out by the Wall

  • So one can describe a room and note the collection of hats on a hatstand, because women wore hats every day, but it's better if the reader sees those hats because the woman is selecting one to wear for an afternoon's shopping.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Is the Joker card detachable – and will it be like a scene from Goldfinger when you playing Oddjob fling your hat across the office and onto the hatstand on your return?

    Shopping in Tokyo

  • I look forward to seeing attempts to fling it onto a hatstand at work.

    Shopping in Tokyo

  • The doughty, determined, slightly hatstand doyen of English Tory Euroscepticism, Bill Cash MP, has tabled an amendment paper making provision for a referendum.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • I think that Flynn is in for a suprise as is the hatstand Morden, she who never votes against Govt policy.

    White History Month.

  • The man as I have said before is proof that inbreeding is alive and well in parts of this nation and that in some areas people will vote for a hatstand with a Labour rosette on it.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • New Labours very own mobile hatstand the dire and terminally stupid Piers Fletcher-Dervish, sorry Schools Secretary Ed Balls, said there was "very little chance" of the prime minister being ousted before the next election.

    Archive 2008-09-01

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  • damn! I came here to cite that.

    April 29, 2008

  • Used in British English to mean bizarre. Example:

    "Cyriak has given us a new video to show called Moo. It's more hatstand than the last one."

    According to Wikipedia, likely derived from the comic character, Roger Irrelevant -

    "Roger Irrelevant (he's completely hatstand) is a character from the British comic Viz. During the 1980s he starred in short, half-page or three-framed strips which later evolved to full-page spreads by the 1990s. As of 2005 he has only appeared sporadically in Viz for the last few years.

    A bespectacled boy of indeterminate age (perhaps early teens), Roger Irrelevant is utterly detached from reality. The premise of the strip is that he spends his entire time making irrelevant remarks and suffering from bizarre delusions, usually involving inanimate objects. Roger does not have much of a personality and is oblivious to nearly everything around him."

    Dictionary.com also attributes the origin of the word wibble to Roger.

    November 28, 2007