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(wăk′ē) also whack·y (wăk′ē, hwăk′ē)
adj. wack·i·er, wack·i·est also whack·i·er or whack·i·est Slang
1. Eccentric or irrational: a wacky person.
2. Crazy; silly: a wacky outfit.

[Variant of whacky, probably from the phrase out of whack; see whack.]

wack′i·ly adv.
wack′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.wackily - in a mildly insane mannerwackily - in a mildly insane manner; "the old lady is beginning to behave quite dottily"
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