Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An institution for the mentally ill.
  • adjective Mentally deranged; crazy.

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  • noun US, slang A flea-infested hotel, lodging-house etc.
  • noun US, slang A prison.
  • noun US, slang A hospital, especially a lunatic asylum.
  • noun South Africa, slang A cheap and dirty cinema.
  • adjective US, slang Crazy, insane.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from bug, enthusiast.]

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From bug + house.

Examples

  • Mart Judson, indeed, inclined strongly to the opinion that the white-haired old quartermaster was slightly "bughouse," as he expressed it.

    The Pirate Shark

  • While his eldest daughter Claire (Laura Oliver) fled to make a life of her own in New York, his other daughter Catherine (Ricki Millevolte) remained to look after her "bughouse" father, sacrificing her own plans for college and a career in order that her dad might continue to live in his familiar home and neighborhood rather than a mental institution.

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  • One of the fellows that works at the stable -- you've seen 'm-- Henderson -- he lives around the corner on Fifth -- he says she's bughouse.

    CHAPTER II

  • The whole thing's bughouse, that's what, an 'I almost get dippy myself thinkin' about it.

    CHAPTER VIII

  • Holden Caulfield, as we know, ends up in the bughouse, the booby hatch, the wacky shack, done in by universal phoniness and the sad sordor of Experience.

    Revenge of the Wimps

  • The whole thing's bughouse, an 'I guess I am, too.

    CHAPTER XII

  • "I've seen some bughouse crews in my time, but this one's the limit."

    CHAPTER III

  • Holden Caulfield, as we know, ends up in the bughouse, the booby hatch, the wacky shack, done in by universal phoniness and the sad sordor of Experience.

    Revenge of the Wimps

  • One person that Allen met during his first days in the “bughouse,” as he called it, was a young Jewish man named Carl Solomon.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • He was determined to rescue Lafcadio and keep him out of the clutches of the bughouse.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

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