Definitions

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  • adj. Senseless; silly, foolish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unsteady; light; giddy; frolicsome; foolish; silly.

Etymologies

From Scots glaikit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bill had been sitting there, a glaikit look on his face.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Said hi also to a few of the guys from Aereogramme after they'd finished up, but wasn't actually sure of who was there from Chemikal Underground or what they look like, so I was basically floating around and looking glaikit until Mags pointed out the Newsnight crew, and the nice interviewer man figured out who I was.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Leno says being pres is a lousy job for the money; McCain says the house is nice; Leno tells him he's got enough of those; McCain has no response and looks like an embarrassed glaikit.

    McCain on The Tonight Show

  • He looked up blankly, his mouth opening and closing like a particularly glaikit goldfish.

    Boiling a Frog

  • As such, he was utterly made for the job, as his combination of physical clumsiness, verbal ineptitude and unwaveringly glaikit expression must have made even the most gauche and pallid code-cruncher feel like a cocksure sophisticate.

    Be My Enemy

  • He had been here in another lifetime, just another glaikit Geography student on a field trip, and had marvelled at it like he was standing on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

    A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

  • Just think o 'Sim gettin' the dirty gae-bye frae a glaikit lassie hauf his age; and no 'his equal in the three parishes, wi' a leg to tak 'the ee o' a hal dancin'-school, and auld Knapdale's money comin 'till him whenever Knapdale's gane, and I'm hearin' he's in the deid-thraws already.

    Doom Castle

  • Jist look at her, the glaikit tinkler that she is.

    The Underworld The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner

  • They drew up wi 'glaikit Englishers at Carlisle Ha',

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I. The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

  • Ye can't hear anything of the blasted, blethering, doddering, glaikit fool-stuff yer maister talks, can ye?

    The Enchanted April

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  • According to NPR's Says You: showing a lack of common sense and good judgement.

    May 9, 2010

  • Scottish in origin. Often describes a facial expression of blankness and uncertainty: eg "His face was pure glaikit"

    June 8, 2009

  • a bit vacant. away with the fairies. the lights are on but nobody is home sort of thing.

    July 23, 2007

  • The Urban Dictionary has a definition of glaikit.

    January 18, 2007