[ wak-ee ]
/ ˈwæk i /

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

odd or irrational; crazy: They had some wacky plan for selling more books.

Nearby words

  1. wace,
  2. wack,
  3. wacke,
  4. wacked-out,
  5. wacko,
  6. wacky tobacky,
  7. waco,
  8. wad,
  9. wad medani,
  10. wada

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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/ (ˈwækɪ) /

adjective wackier or wackiest

slang eccentric, erratic, or unpredictable
Derived Formswackily, adverbwackiness, noun

Word Origin for wacky

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



"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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