kook

noun \ ˈkük \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of kook

: one whose ideas or actions are eccentric, fantastic, or insane : screwball

Examples of kook in a Sentence

  1. a bunch of kooks dressed up in weird costumes

  2. if you insist on painting your house bright orange, everyone will assume you are a kook

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Origin and Etymology of kook

by shortening & alteration from cuckoo

kook Synonyms

Near Antonyms

conformer, conformist, follower, sheep;

Phrases

odd duck, piece of work;


KOOK Defined for English Language Learners

kook

Definition of kook for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose ideas or actions are very strange or foolish


KOOK Defined for Kids

kook

noun \ ˈkük \

Definition of kook for Students

: a person who acts in a strange or insane way

kooky

\ˈkü-kē\ adjective


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