or kook·ie


adjective, kook·i·er, kook·i·est. Slang.

of, like, or pertaining to a kook; eccentric, strange, or foolish.

Origin of kooky

First recorded in 1955–60; kook + -y1
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Examples from the Web for kooky

Contemporary Examples of kooky

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

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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