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catawampus

[kat-uh-wom-puh s] /ˌkæt əˈwɒm pəs/
adjective
1.
askew; awry.
2.
positioned diagonally; cater-cornered.
adverb
3.
diagonally; obliquely:
We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field.
Also, cattywampus.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40 for earlier sense “utterly”; cata- diagonally (see cater-cornered) + -wampus, perhaps akin to wampish
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Word Origin and History for catawampus
catawampus
1840, the sort of jocular pseudo-classical formation popular in the slang of those times.
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