\ 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

Other Words from wacky

wackily \ ˈwa-​kə-​lē How to pronounce wacky (audio) \ adverb
wackiness \ ˈwa-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce wacky (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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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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“Wacky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wacky. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wacky

: amusing and very strange


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

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