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adjective, kook·i·er, kook·i·est. Slang.
  1. of, like, or pertaining to a kook; eccentric, strange, or foolish.
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Origin of kooky

First recorded in 1955–60; kook + -y1
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Related Words for kooky

off-center, crazy, unconventional, freakish, quaint, cranky, flaky, peculiar, offbeat, nutty, funky, outlandish, quirky, weird, odd, bizarre, aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, beat

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Historical Examples of kooky

  • They've all been pretty darn good to me in their kooky ways, the actors have.

    No Great Magic

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Greta, I told myself, you need a miltown before the crow makes wing through your kooky head.

    No Great Magic

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Of course, she didn't remember, and I had to tell her about all the kooky kids.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for kooky



adjective kookier or kookiest
  1. informal crazy, eccentric, or foolish
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Word Origin and History for kooky


1959, American English, originally teenager or beatnik slang, possibly a shortening of cuckoo.

Using the newest show-business jargon, Tammy [Grimes] admits, "I look kooky," meaning cuckoo. ["Life" magazine, Jan. 5, 1959]

Related: Kookily; kookiness.

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