\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 Verge Super Deluxe, Turner Broadcasting’s home for wonderfully weird and wacky comedy, is shutting down. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Super Deluxe gets shut down by Turner, again," 19 Oct. 2018 Running August 30 through September 3, the Chicago Fringe Festival takes over the Copernicus Center in the Jefferson Park neighborhood with 50 weird and wacky performances. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Things to Do in Chicago This Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2018 The idea seems more than a little wacky, but a demo game convinced me that there may be something here. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 The invitations to 600 guests described the high church dress code thusly: For men, military uniforms, morning coats or lounge suits, otherwise known as business suits in not-wacky colors. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "Royal wedding: The invitation says 'day dress with hat.' Here are hats from other royal nuptials," 16 May 2018 Players from different teams can trade items with each other via in-game menus, and there were a few high-level Bethesda developers on the server that were eager to essentially gift us some wacky in-game outfits for the event. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 Since 2016 the airport has publicly embraced the wacky ideas, featuring a museum-style exhibition of the least controversial theories and even hosting events around similar themes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Denver airport construction signs poke fun at conspiracy rumors," 7 Sep. 2018 The success of the PSL is also largely responsible for the barrage of pumpkin spice-flavored everything else, from cream cheese to dog treats, Kahlua, and in an especially wacky seasonal crossover, Peeps. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Pumpkin spice lattes — and the backlash, and the backlash to the backlash — explained," 29 Aug. 2018 Try asking your farmer where the sometimes wacky names come — Sauzee Queen, Z-Fire — and invest in a flat of your favorite. latimes.com, "Parts unknown," 9 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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