\ˈkük \

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

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His chosen one — the kook — was brought to life by Lauren Lovette, in a debut that unleashed her character’s free spirit with a glittering, fluid command of the choreography’s quirky twists and turns. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Hits, Misses and Daring Dancers," 6 Mar. 2018 The action involves three muses — a chain-smoking temptress, an overheated diva and a fanciful kook — who each capture the attention of our hero. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Hits, Misses and Daring Dancers," 6 Mar. 2018 Trump has in the past defended racists and kooks who were part of his broader political tribe. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 All five people who’ve seen 2005’s super-indie Michael Showalter comedy The Baxter also know firsthand that Williams has it in her to be a real kook. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "How Michelle Williams Steals the Show from Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty," 23 Apr. 2018 Performances range from silly to sillier, with Johnson’s Joseph acting like such a kook that Jolliffe is consistently upstaged. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Slipstream moves 'Tartuffe' to 19th-Century Detroit," 1 Mar. 2018 The Bakkers are front and center, alongside right-wing kook Joseph Farah of World Net Daily (Cahn’s publisher). David Weiss, Newsweek, "Disgraced Preacher Jim Bakker's New Doomsday Pitch," 27 Mar. 2016 Better to support a teen-stalking kook, goes the argument of Roy Moore’s supporters, rather than accept the destruction of your way of life in the hands of Doug Jones. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "Roy Moore, Donald Trump, and the Flight 93 Presidency," 10 Dec. 2017 When the Dredgers were founded in 1999, they were widely regarded as kooks. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?," 13 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of kook

: 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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