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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1959, American English, originally teenager or beatnik slang, possibly a shortening of cuckoo.\n\nUsing the newest show-business jargon, Tammy [Grimes] admits, "I look kooky," meaning cuckoo.

["Life" magazine, Jan. 5, 1959]

\nRelated: Kookily; kookiness.

a. 1 eccentric, strange, or foolish; crazy or insane. 2 (context surfing English) Behaving like a kook (person with poor style or skill); kook-like.

  1. adj. informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; "it used to drive my husband balmy" [syn: balmy, barmy, bats, batty, bonkers, buggy, cracked, crackers, daft, dotty, fruity, haywire, kookie, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty, round the bend, around the bend, wacky, whacky]

  2. [also: kookiest, kookier]


Kooky (, literally "Kuky returns", a pun on Lassie se vrací) is a 2010 Czech action comedy film directed by Jan Svěrák. The film combines techniques of puppet animation, stop motion and live action. It tells the story of a six-year-old asthmatic boy whose parents force him to throw away his favorite toy, an old teddy bear named Kooky. In the boy's fantasy, Kooky comes to life in the landfill, escapes into a mysterious forest and begins its journey amongst the rough-and-ready creatures of the forest.

Usage examples of "kooky".

Of these, there was none so kooky, none so bizarre, none so preposterous none so downright evil as the Aquarian Foundation, set up in 1927 on Vancouver Island by the man who called himself The Brother, XII.

Kookies migrate from one place to another, they always find it necessary to set fire to the huts they are about to abandon, lest the gayals should return to them from the new grounds.

But Kookies don't sound funny to each other, and so we are going to tell what the Kookie was actually saying and leave the cute stuff for a little later, when we come to the pit of the hemotoads.

She marked them all dutifully in a log, as if they had merit, because sometimes psychos kooky enough to kill were kooky enough to call the cops and talk about it.