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cockamamie

[kok-uh-mey-mee] /ˈkɒk əˌmeɪ mi/
adjective, Slang.
1.
ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical:
full of wild schemes and cockamamie ideas.
Also, cockamamy.
Origin
1940-1945
probably earlier than 1940-45, Americanism; in orig. sense, paper strip with an image which could be transferred to the skin when moistened, apparently alteration of decalcomania; sense “ridiculous” probably by association with cock-and-bull story, poppycock, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for cockamamie

cockamamie

/ˌkɒkəˈmeɪmɪ/
adjective
1.
(slang, mainly US) ridiculous or nonsensical: a cockamamie story
Word Origin
C20: in an earlier sense: a paper transfer, prob. a variant of decalcomania
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Word Origin and History for cockamamie
adj.

American English slang word attested by 1946, popularized c.1960, but said to be New York City children's slang from mid-1920s; perhaps an alteration of decalcomania (see decal).

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Slang definitions & phrases for cockamamie

cockamamie

adjective

Crazy; confused: The picture ends with a cockamamie implication that love will conquer all/ this cockamamie little tort

[1920s+ New York City children; fr New York City dialect, perhaps fr British; somehow connected with decalcomania; perhaps because decalcomanias as given in candy boxes and chewing-gum packets were used by children for antic self-decoration]


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