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screwy

[skroo-ee] /ˈskru i/
adjective, screwier, screwiest. Slang.
1.
crazy; nutty:
I think you're screwy, refusing an invitation to the governor's dinner.
2.
disconcertingly strange:
There's something screwy about his story.
3.
absurdly peculiar or impractical; ridiculous:
screwy ideas.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; screw + -y1
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Examples from the web for screwy
  • Nor is it because the track pad sometimes goes screwy and the keys lack the normal pressed-key response that allows smooth typing.
  • Welcome to the divisional playoffs, where screwy happens.
  • There's definitely something screwy about the asymmetry that doesn't immediately suggest an accounting.
  • Either they have a screwy process or they were playing games with you.
  • My partner is in a profession he loves, which happens to be light years from academia and with screwy hours.
  • These are not screwy distributions, they are fairly average for my whole faculty.
  • The health care system is so screwy here that docs are afraid to run too many tests.
  • One of the reasons academics are so screwy generally is that they try to pretend it's something else.
  • But anyone whose head is screwy enough to do this sort of thing in the first place is not going to see it that way.
  • It was brought to my attention that some of my links were screwy in my above responses.
British Dictionary definitions for screwy

screwy

/ˈskruːɪ/
adjective screwier, screwiest
1.
(informal) odd, crazy, or eccentric
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Word Origin and History for screwy
adj.

1820, "tipsy, slightly drunk," from screw (n.) + -y (2.). Sense of "crazy, ridiculous" first recorded 1887. Related: Screwily; screwiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for screwy

screwy

adjective

Very eccentric; crazy; nutty, screwball: Newspaper guys are mostly screwy

[1887+; fr the gait of a drunk person suggested by the twistiness of a screw thread, whence the various senses of deviation; influenced by the notion of having a screw loose in one's head]


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