Goofy vs Wacky - What's the difference?

goofy | wacky |


As a proper noun goofy

is a character: a slow-witted anthropomorphic dog with a goofy laugh.

As an adjective wacky is

of a person or their behaviour, zany.

As a noun wacky is

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goofy

English

Etymology 1

Adjective

(er)
  • silly, quirky
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=December 29 , author=Paul Doyle , title=Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=Glorious attacking and goofy defending: here was a match that encapsulated the madcap appeal of this season's Premier League.}}

    Derived terms

    * goofily * goofiness

    Etymology 2

    From the way the Disney character was first depicted surfing, with right foot forward. BBC Sport, "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe", 11 February 2014

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (snowboarding) riding with right foot forward.
  • Antonyms

    * (snowboarding) regular

    Coordinate terms

    * (snowboarding) switch

    References

    wacky

    English

    Etymology 1

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Of a person or their behaviour, zany.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 15 , author=Scott Tobias , title=Film: Reviews: The Dictator , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=Though the idea of placing wacky made-up characters in a real-life context was carried over from Da Ali G Show—wherein Buzz Aldrin was once asked if he was upset that Michael Jackson got all the credit for inventing the moonwalk—Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat felt like something new, an attempt to square an improvised, guerrilla style of underground comedy with reality-TV stunt shows like Jackass or Fear Factor. }}
    Synonyms
    * eccentric, zany
    Derived terms
    * wack * wacky baccy * wackyparse, wackyparsing

    Etymology 2

    Noun