cockamamy

cockamamie

[kok-uh-mey-mee]
adjective Slang.
ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical: full of wild schemes and cockamamie ideas.
Also, cockamamy.


Origin:
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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cockamamie (ˌkɒkəˈmeɪmɪ)
 
adj
slang chiefly (US) ridiculous or nonsensical: a cockamamie story
 
[C20: in an earlier sense: a paper transfer, prob. a variant of decalcomania]

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cockamamie
Amer.Eng. slang word attested by 1946, popularized c.1960, but originally perhaps c.1920 alt. of decalcomania (see decal).
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