See also: fruit-cake and fruit cake

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EtymologyEdit

From fruit +‎ cake, 1854. Sense of crazy person 1952 (predated by nutty as a fruitcake, 1914).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɹuːt.keɪk/
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NounEdit

fruitcake (countable and uncountable, plural fruitcakes)

  1. A cake containing dried fruits and, optionally, nuts, citrus peel and spice.
  2. (chiefly US and Canada, colloquial, derogatory) A crazy or eccentric person.
    • 1952, Mickey Spillane, Kiss me Deadly, p 7:
      Easy, feller, easy. She's a fruitcake.
  3. (US, slang, colloquial, derogatory, dated) A homosexual male.

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