wacky

adjective
\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Last season was perhaps Dallas’ wackiest situation: Midway through a Feb. 6 game against the Hornets, the Mavericks traded Harrison Barnes to Sacramento for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson in a move to clear salary cap space. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "The Mavs are among the NBA’s most frequent trade-deadline participants. Will that continue in 2020?," 5 Feb. 2020 Stuff is getting really wacky around the SEC basketball courts these days. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "SEC basketball is beginning to lose its mind," 29 Jan. 2020 This center was based on a series of broad agreements, serious departure from any of which marked one, in the eyes of the media, as lying along a continuum from merely wacky to insane. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 The magazine’s point-of-view is distinct, even wacky. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon," 4 Dec. 2019 Funded by parent company Alphabet to the tune of billions each year, X is dedicated to ambitious and sometimes wacky research and development projects. Wired, "Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)," 10 Nov. 2019 Leon Dobkowski's wacky, lo-fi costumes look like they've been patched together by crafty parents with too much time, felt and edible cannabis on their hands. oregonlive, "Broadway Rose takes this superhero parody ‘Up and Away’: Review," 27 Jan. 2020 Western consumers, critics, and curators have tended to regard the paintings made during this period as amateurish, wacky, or grotesque attempts by infantile artists to reproduce the original VHS covers. Anakwa Dwamena, The New York Review of Books, "Ghana’s Handmade Movie Poster Boom," 18 Jan. 2020 Nothing gets too wacky, short of the sot l’y laisse. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of wacky was circa 1935

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15 Feb 2020

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“Wacky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wacky. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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wacky

adjective
How to pronounce wacky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wacky

informal : amusing and very strange

wacky

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

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