Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An institution for the mentally ill.
  • adj. Insane; crazy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flea-infested hotel, lodging-house etc.
  • n. A prison.
  • n. A hospital, especially a lunatic asylum.
  • n. A cheap and dirty cinema.
  • adj. Crazy, insane.

Etymologies

Probably from bug, enthusiast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From bug + house. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mart Judson, indeed, inclined strongly to the opinion that the white-haired old quartermaster was slightly "bughouse," as he expressed it.

    The Pirate Shark

  • While his eldest daughter Claire (Laura Oliver) fled to make a life of her own in New York, his other daughter Catherine (Ricki Millevolte) remained to look after her "bughouse" father, sacrificing her own plans for college and a career in order that her dad might continue to live in his familiar home and neighborhood rather than a mental institution.

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  • "I've seen some bughouse crews in my time, but this one's the limit."

    CHAPTER III

  • One of the fellows that works at the stable -- you've seen 'm-- Henderson -- he lives around the corner on Fifth -- he says she's bughouse.

    CHAPTER II

  • The whole thing's bughouse, that's what, an 'I almost get dippy myself thinkin' about it.

    CHAPTER VIII

  • The whole thing's bughouse, an 'I guess I am, too.

    CHAPTER XII

  • Holden Caulfield, as we know, ends up in the bughouse, the booby hatch, the wacky shack, done in by universal phoniness and the sad sordor of Experience.

    Revenge of the Wimps

  • One person that Allen met during his first days in the “bughouse,” as he called it, was a young Jewish man named Carl Solomon.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • He was determined to rescue Lafcadio and keep him out of the clutches of the bughouse.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • Again our choice: Either open up the decay within the system to the light of day and start the process of rebuilding and renewal, or allow the republic-ravening pestilence to continue unchallenged, hence unabated, and let the nation go bughouse crazy as the house comes down around us to the strains of the insect-brain stridulations of Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh.

    The Audacity of Hopelessness

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