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cockeyed

[kok-ahyd] /ˈkɒkˌaɪd/
adjective
2.
having a squinting eye.
3.
twisted, tilted, or slanted to one side.
4.
Slang.
  1. foolish; absurd.
  2. intoxicated; drunk.
  3. completely wrong.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; cock2 (v.) + eyed
Related forms
cockeyedly
[kok-ahyd-lee, -ahy-id-] /ˈkɒkˌaɪd li, -ˌaɪ ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
cockeyedness, noun
Synonyms
4a. ridiculous, preposterous, insane, nutty, cockamamie, weird.
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British Dictionary definitions for cockeyed

cockeyed

/ˈkɒkˌaɪd/
adjective (informal)
1.
afflicted with cross-eye, squint, or any other visible abnormality of the eyes
2.
appearing to be physically or logically abnormal, absurd, etc; crooked; askew: cockeyed ideas
3.
drunk
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Word Origin and History for cockeyed
adj.

1821, "squint-eyed," perhaps from cock (v.) in some sense + eye (n.). Figurative sense of "absurd, askew, crazy" is from 1896; that of "drunk" is attested from 1926.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cockeyed

cockeyed

adjective
  1. Crosseyed; walleyed; strabismic (1820+)
  2. razy; weird; all wrong; screwy: Anybody who thinks I'm kidding is cockeyed/ In this cockeyed caravan called the 90s (1930s+)
  3. Drunk: He is in a doghouse at home on account of coming home cockeyed on his wedding anniversary (1722+)
  4. Unconscious: Izzy knocks him cockeyed (1920s+)
  5. Genuine; absolute; fucking: You're a cockeyed wonder, you know that? (1920s+)
adverb

Askew; crooked; Slonchways: He put his hat on cockeyed and got a polite chuckle (1910s+)

Related Terms

i'll tell the world


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