out to lunch

out to lunch
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [out too luhnch]
    • /aʊt tu lʌntʃ/
    • /ˈaʊt tuː ˈlʌntʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out too luhnch]
    • /aʊt tu lʌntʃ/

Definitions of out to lunch words

  • noun out to lunch a light midday meal between breakfast and dinner; luncheon. 1
  • noun out to lunch any light meal or snack. 1
  • noun out to lunch a restaurant or lunchroom: Let's eat at the dairy lunch. 1
  • verb without object out to lunch to eat lunch: We lunched quite late today. 1
  • verb with object out to lunch to provide lunch for: They lunched us in regal fashion. 1
  • idioms out to lunch out to lunch, Slang. not paying attention or tending to business; negligent: You must have been out to lunch when you wrote that weird report. 1

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Origin of out to lunch

First appearance:

before 1585
One of the 35% oldest English words
First recorded in 1585-95; short for luncheon

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Out to lunch


out to lunch popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

out to lunch usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for out to lunch

adj out to lunch

  • absent-minded — Someone who is absent-minded forgets things or does not pay attention to what they are doing, often because they are thinking about something else.
  • abstracted — Someone who is abstracted is thinking so deeply that they are not fully aware of what is happening around them.
  • addlepated — addlebrained.
  • airheaded — Slang. a scatterbrained, stupid, or simple-minded person; dolt.
  • amnesic — a person affected by amnesia.

noun out to lunch

  • dork — Slang. a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit: If you make me wear that, I’ll look like a total dork! Synonyms: jerk, schmo; nerd, geek.
  • idiot — Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person: If you think you can wear that outfit to a job interview and get hired, you're an idiot!
  • muttonhead — a slow-witted, foolish, or stupid person; dolt.

adjective out to lunch

  • ape — Apes are chimpanzees, gorillas, and other animals in the same family.
  • aper — a person who apes, a mimic
  • disunited — Lacking unity.
  • flipped — to toss or put in motion with a sudden impulse, as with a snap of a finger and thumb, especially so as to cause to turn over in the air: to flip a coin.
  • floundering — to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water.

Antonyms for out to lunch

adjective out to lunch

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • looking — to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.
  • noticing — an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning: a day's notice.
  • orientedthe Orient, the countries of Asia, especially East Asia. (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.

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