Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A term vulgarly applied to a person of eccontric, ill-regulated, and unpractical menial habits; a person half-crazed; a monomaniac; not necessarily equivalent to "insane person," "lunatic," or any other term descriptive of complete mental derangement, and not carrying any Implication of homicidal mania. Walker v. Tribune Co. (C. Ct) 29 Fed. 827.