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wacky

[wak-ee]
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adjective, wack·i·er, wack·i·est. Slang.
  1. odd or irrational; crazy: They had some wacky plan for selling more books.
Also whacky.

Origin of wacky

1935–40; apparently whack (noun, as in out of whack) + -y1
Related formswack·i·ly, adverbwack·i·ness, noun
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  • If Jerry started for the swamp at this time of night he must be wacky!

    Swamp Island

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • The two biggest one give the old man two wacky, one each, an' the little one wouldn' give any.


British Dictionary definitions for wacky

wacky

adjective wackier or wackiest
  1. slang eccentric, erratic, or unpredictable
Derived Formswackily, adverbwackiness, noun

Word Origin

C19 (in dialect sense: a fool, an eccentric): from whack (hence, a whacky, a person who behaves as if he had been whacked on the head)
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Word Origin and History for wacky

adj.

"crazy, eccentric," 1935, variant of whacky (n.) "fool," late 1800s British slang, probably ultimately from whack "a blow, stroke," from the notion of being whacked on the head one too many times.

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