\ˈwa-kē \
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 \ adverb
wackiness \ˈwa-kē-nəs \ 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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The promenade also offers carnival games themed to films such as Wall•E Space Race as well as a bandstand where The Pixarmonic Orchestra performs tunes from Pixar films playing wacky instruments like kazoos and slide whistles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Gordon played Rodney Dangerfield’s son, a straight-as-an-arrow diver whose time at college gets pretty wacky when his outrageous father lands on campus as the latest enrollee of the school. David Obuchowski, Longreads, "The Many Acts of Keith Gordon," 25 Jan. 2018 Choices here may reflect his gallery’s aesthetic: cogent, skewed, color-charged, fastidious, and sometimes darkly wacky. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 My plan is to not stiffle the kid in me... the kid that wants to do weird and wacky things, like dance and sing in my underwear, and go to water parks and build slip n slides in summer! Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018 Unlike the wacky brow art all over Instagram, having no brows is not a passing trend but a valid lifestyle choice. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Women With No Eyebrows Explain Why Arches Aren't Necessary," 14 May 2018 Twitter, of course, gave vent to some wackier theories, including predictions of doom if the box were opened. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 Things at Chicagoland — which is actually about an hour outside of the Windy City — have always been a little wacky, particularly with its Victory Lane celebrations that have included absurd trophies and the winner getting slimed. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Remembering when a giant inflatable orange invaded NASCAR's Chicago track," 28 June 2018 The children like to try wacky pizza ingredients, such as M&Ms and radishes. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Rise of the Child-Friendly Luxury Kitchen," 14 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

: amusing and very strange


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

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