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Definition of kook

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

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Examples of kook in a Sentence

a bunch of kooks dressed up in weird costumes if you insist on painting your house bright orange, everyone will assume you are a kook
Recent Examples on the Web Again and again, Pelosi is dismissed, first as a dilettante housewife, then as a far-left San Francisco kook, finally as an establishment dinosaur — and throughout, as a woman. Michelle Goldberg, New York Times, "Nancy Pelosi’s Brilliant Career," 5 May 2020 The line of attack is the familiar one of using a few isolated idiots or kooks to tar the entire enterprise. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Old Confederate-Flag Canard," 22 Apr. 2020 This shortcoming might explain why the show takes such pains to portray her as a kook, and possibly even a murderer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Tiger King Is the Most Exploitative Show Netflix Has Made Yet," 7 Apr. 2020 The 2020 Democrats are a party of kooks and retreads and charlatans, now reduced to hoping for a pandemic of the coronavirus to give them any room to attack the incumbent. Conrad Black, National Review, "Send Out the Clowns," 11 Mar. 2020 Social media is flooding with kooks claiming the media and the Democrats are responsible for new coronavirus. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: With coronavirus cancellations, TML is going back to its roots.," 16 Mar. 2020 Besides partisans and kooks, who could side with an organization that is successful beyond belief, skirts the rules and is led by an all-powerful boss facing serious legal questions? Washington Post, "The Case Against Breaking Up Facebook," 10 May 2019 The most tense sequence in El Camino depends on the gabby old kook from down the hall ever-so-slowly watering plants with a plastic spray bottle. Darren Franich, EW.com, "El Camino is the Breaking Bad finale for everyone who thought Jesse got a raw deal," 11 Oct. 2019 The threat of being written off as a kook can loom large for researchers, especially young ones. Diane Peters, Quartz, "The scientists searching for alien life aren’t very popular in science," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of kook

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kook

by shortening & alteration from cuckoo

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“Kook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kook. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kook

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


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Kids Definition of kook

: a person who acts in a strange or insane way

Other Words from kook

kooky \ ˈkü-​kē \ adjective

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