an eccentric, a peculiar person; esp. in phr. nutty as a fruitcake; thus fruitcake factory n., a psychiatric institution.
|Ten ‘Lost’ Plays (1995) 187: We sure are as nutty as a fruitcake or we wouldn’t be here.The Movie Man in|
|On Broadway 21 Oct. [synd. col.] ‘You’re nuttier than a fruitcake’ has only been in nine movies this year.|
|(con. 1942) Gallery (1948) 182: It seemed that Lieutenant Almeranti had gone nuttier than a fruitcake.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 192: Boy, what a fruitcake you are!|
|Restless Men 73: ‘Bloody fruitcake,’ Charlie rasped.|
|Go-Boy! 79: Get lost, you old fruit-cake!|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 28: Fruit Cake Factory Lunatic asylum.|
|Viz June/July 41: The Queen is a fruitcake claims former palace man.|
|Human Torpedo 106: He’s a pacifist, they told each other. A fruitcake, but you gotta respect him for it.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 278: That critical shortage is [...] driving them crazy, as nutty as fruitcakes.|
|Urban Grimshaw 182: They’re all fucking fruitcakes.|
|Observer Rev. 26 Jan. 7/1: There are clearly one or two fruitcakes still around.|
|ThugLit July [ebook] ‘A bunch of fruitcakes in hoods’.‘Good Luck in Puerto del Oro’ in|
(US black) to misbehave, to mess around.
|‘Idioms of the Present-Day American Negro’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 314/2: FRUIT CAKIN’ AROUND. Doing something slightly naughty.|