doolally

Definition

Slang

  • adjective deranged, crazy. A very popular term derived from the location of a colonial army sanatorium and rest camp at Deolali, Bombay, where soldiers exhibiting signs of fatigue, heat exhaustion, etc. were sent. An early form which is still heard occasionally was ‘do(o)lally-tap’, the ‘tap’ meaning ‘fever’ in Hindi.
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