Definition of basket case noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    basket case

     noun
    noun
    BrE
     
    ; NAmE
     
    (informal) Describing strange traits
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1a country or an organization whose economic situation is very bad
  2. 2a person who is slightly crazy and who has problems dealing with situations See related entries: Describing strange traits
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: originally US slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: basket case