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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of banjax.
  • adj. Broken, ruined, shattered; confounded.
  • adj. Tired, sleepy, cream crackered.


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  • Even though it has apparently been around since the 1920's (at least), it's use in the new Star Trek movie allows me to vote for "banjaxed" as word of the year.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • For others – generally good money managers and child-free – it was enough, and for some – less good managers, or those banjaxed by a sudden change in circumstances or a combination of the two – it was nowhere near.

    TV review: My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas; Money; and Imagine: Books - the Last Chapter?

  • The writer was Tony Marchant, and he knows his stuff, so I can completely believe that a nice if Adidas-laden convicted murderer, trying to do the halfway hostel thing and finding and loving a job in a garden centre and being shortlisted for promotion, could be banjaxed by his parole officer for a minor… something.

    Rewind TV: Sherlock; Endeavour; Public Enemies; New Girl – review

  • The lettuce might well have been banjaxed by the monsoon before this, is the torrential rain drove the seeds too far under.

    From Twitter 07-18-2009

  • Don't overdo or you'll feel knackered or banjaxed.

    Printing: Out of Ireland (8): Nixers, Gurriers and Eejits

  • The balance of power in European football is now so utterly banjaxed as to render product such as this - and "product" is surely what we're dealing with here - almost totally unwatchable.

    MSK Zilina v Chelsea - as it happened

  • “Well, a bad pixie must be following me around because I am completely banjaxed,” I said, coming straight to the point.

    The Bloomsday Dead

  • Perhaps there was more of a crowd in the streets than was normal, and they remonstrating against the trains and the trams, the qualified things, never on time and the least sign of trouble, banjaxed.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Even as I write, the United States teeters on the brink of defaulting on its national debt, and Barack Obama interrupts television schedules to plead for the right to print more money; Britain is barely keeping its economic head above water; the eurozone is banjaxed; and someone has just bought a bottle of wine for £75,000. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • For all I know a thumb up could mean "I'm banjaxed" in Danish.

    The Guardian World News


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  • past participle of banjax - ruin, incapictate

    June 10, 2009

  • I've only ever seen this word in print twice. Terry Wogan called a book of his "Banjaxed' in the 1970s/80s (I think the word, like Sir Terry, is Irish). Then Richard Curtis used it in the introduction to the film script for 'Notting Hill'. It's a great word.

    October 12, 2007

  • Something that is banjaxed will never function correctly again.

    January 16, 2007