Definition of wacky in English:

Share this entry

wacky

Pronunciation: /ˈwakē/
(also whacky)

adjective (wackier, wackiest)

informal
Funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way: a wacky chase movie
More example sentences
  • You may even be able to squeeze out a few more wacky anecdotes from that slightly dysfunctional family of yours.
  • Dottie is a Lucille Ball clone who performs wacky antics on her television show.
  • His wacky antics and funny walk endeared him to children of all ages.

Derivatives

wackily

Pronunciation: /ˈwakəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • It is whackily comic with irreverent overtones and moments of quite startling seriousness.
  • We're all stuck with each other, like wackily mismatched sitcom roommates.
  • Fantastic show, truly funny and wackily creative.

wackiness

Pronunciation: /ˈwakēnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • If the title ‘Business Bizarre’ suggests an element of whackiness, it is missing in the presentation.
  • Spinning arms, monocles, bow-ties, frog-suits and whackiness - what is TV doing to science?
  • Often, isn't the wackiness in New Zealand ‘comedy’ a self-conscious pursuit of weirdness, because we're not naturally funny?

Origin

Mid 19th century (originally dialect): from the noun whack + -y1.

Words that rhyme with wacky

ackee, Bacchae, baccy, cracky, Jackie, lackey, tacky

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: wack·y

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.