\ ˈkü-kē How to pronounce kooky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly kookie
kookier; kookiest

Definition of kooky

: having the characteristics of a kook : crazy, offbeat

Other Words from kooky

kookiness noun

Examples of kooky in a Sentence

I'm not sure that someone with such kooky ideas on biology should be teaching the subject to high schoolers. if you think that drugs aren't bad for you, you haven't met that guy's kooky friends
Recent Examples on the Web With a bevy of kooky fashion moments under her belt—both on the Met steps and on stage—Perry is bound to once again pull out all the stops for this year’s Met gala (which has a white-tie, Gilded Glamour dress code). Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 But there are new kids coming in and finding themselves on dark dancefloors in a warehouse with a bunch of kooky people, and identifying with others and feeling a great bond that is magnified by the frequencies around them. Lily Moayeri, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 The Lost City, centered on a reclusive romance novelist (Bullock) who gets swept up into a kooky jungle adventure after an eccentric billionaire (Radcliffe) kidnaps her to find an ancient city's treasure, featured in her latest novel. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Kate McKinnon in a workplace comedy about a kooky woman married to a mild-mannered man (Kyle MacLachlan, because why not) on a mission to save big cats all across the country. Caroline Framke, Variety, 2 Mar. 2022 Yes, there were a few Sundance reliables, the eternally cute and kooky white children of Indiewood, but not enough to trigger you about the old days when the festival was clogged with Tarantino clones. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 But there’s a fine line between that film’s infectiously kooky appeal and the allergy-inducing cutesiness of his subsequent work — not that many people stuck around for the ride. Peter Debruge, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 Dressed in a high-waisted jumper that’s the highlight of Renetta Lloyd and Roz Lehman’s fun and colorful costume designs, Schein is wildly funny and kooky as Lawrence. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 Slate nestles into her character’s emotional grooves, and in her capable hands, Emma evolves beyond the archetype of the kooky female rom-com lead. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kooky

1959, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2022

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“Kooky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kooky. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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