\ ˈwa-kē How to pronounce wacky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
wackier also whackier; wackiest also whackiest

Definition of wacky

: absurdly or amusingly eccentric or irrational : crazy wacky ideas a wacky comedian

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Other Words from wacky

wackily \ ˈwa-​kə-​lē How to pronounce wackily (audio) \ adverb
wackiness \ ˈwa-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce wackiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of wacky in a Sentence

My wacky aunt takes a swim before the lake freezes every winter. the wacky world of his imagination

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Glittery, jingle-bell covered brows are the the latest in the wacky brow trends taking over Instagram—remember wavy brows, or even better, feather brows?—but this one hits in that uncanny valley of somehow looking like a filter while not being one. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christmas Tree Eyebrows Are Taking Over Instagram," 27 Nov. 2018 After a wacky regular season, anything seems possible this month. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament bracket: Selection committee gave credit for November wins," 11 Mar. 2018 The colorful and wacky men’s and women’s looks well captured the exuberance of the place dubbed France’s Studio 54. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 The trailer for this film highlights a lot of wacky horror-thriller behavior, but doesn’t make the plot particularly clear — which is reminiscent of similar teases around Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods and Cloverfield. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 Parents commiserated with Teigen in the comments section, mentioning their own kids’ wacky behavior. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Is Feeling All the Emotions as Her Daughter Goes Off to School," 23 Aug. 2018 Sound like the set-up for dozens of 1940s wacky comedies and musicals? John Timpane, Philly.com, "Hedgerow's 'Boogie Woogie Radio Hour': Look back to 1940s radio," 13 Jan. 2018 The app, where users can win cash prizes for correctly answering trivia questions presented live by a wacky host, captured the internet’s attention late last year. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink," 5 Nov. 2018 Image The Irish Rep production, led by Melissa Errico in the dual role of wacky Daisy Gamble and grand Melinda Wells, gives it a good go, on a very small scale. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘On a Clear Day,’ Eternally Odd, Gets Yet Another Life," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of wacky

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wacky

perhaps from English dialect whacky fool

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English Language Learners Definition of wacky

informal : amusing and very strange


\ ˈwa-kē\
variants: also whacky \ ˈhwa-​kē , ˈwa-​ \
wackier also whackier; wackiest also whackiest

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