wacko

adjective
\ ˈwa-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce wacko (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of wacko

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wacko

noun
variants: or less commonly whacko

Definition of wacko (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is wacky also : psycho

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of wacko in a Sentence

Noun She's nice but her sister's a real wacko. some wacko has been sending the actress increasingly disturbing letters
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This was at a time when conservatives were almost ridiculed on law school campuses, where the notion of using the original intentions of the framers to make decisions was seen as laughable, almost wacko, method of constitutional interpretation. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘They Were Growing Seedlings…Which Would Sprout To Become Supreme Court Justices’," 18 Dec. 2019 So after every shooting massacre, when more innocent people are murdered by some wacko with a firearm designed for mass killing, there’s tough talk, screaming and flailing for a few days. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Why Americans still don’t have meaningful gun controls," 11 Aug. 2019 Even without that trend, isn’t this line a little wacko? Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Week 8 college football picks against the spread: Look for Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State to win big … but will it be big enough?," 18 Oct. 2019 So after every shooting massacre, when more innocent people are murdered by some wacko with a firearm designed for mass killing, there’s tough talk, screaming and flailing for a few days. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Why Americans still don’t have meaningful gun controls," 11 Aug. 2019 So after every shooting massacre, when more innocent people are murdered by some wacko with a firearm designed for mass killing, there’s tough talk, screaming and flailing for a few days. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Why Americans still don’t have meaningful gun controls," 11 Aug. 2019 So after every shooting massacre, when more innocent people are murdered by some wacko with a firearm designed for mass killing, there’s tough talk, screaming and flailing for a few days. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Why Americans still don’t have meaningful gun controls," 11 Aug. 2019 So after every shooting massacre, when more innocent people are murdered by some wacko with a firearm designed for mass killing, there’s tough talk, screaming and flailing for a few days. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Why Americans still don’t have meaningful gun controls," 11 Aug. 2019 So after every shooting massacre, when more innocent people are murdered by some wacko with a firearm designed for mass killing, there’s tough talk, screaming and flailing for a few days. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Why Americans still don’t have meaningful gun controls," 11 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jakubowicz could also be following the example of Jojo Rabbit, a prime illustration of #resistance era wacko-politics, cheap sentiment, and historical revision. Armond White, National Review, "The Marcel Marceau Biopic Has Nothing to Say," 27 Mar. 2020 Now, all those wackos who’ve been writing to me with their problems can write to her. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "On the 100th birthday of Ann Landers, a play, a typewriter and a lot of memories," 28 June 2018 At the very least, in a game that has known a lot of eccentrics LaVar has put himself in the running for the greatest wacko. Mark Heisler, Orange County Register, "Heisler: Lakers pray for shot at Lonzo Ball (and the father that comes with him)," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of wacko

Adjective

1965, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wacko

Adjective

by alteration

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The first known use of wacko was in 1936

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“Wacko.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wacko. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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wacko

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wacko

US, informal : a person who is crazy or very strange and unusual

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