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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 (context US English) Having both eyes oriented inward. 2 (context US English) crooked or askew. 3 (context US informal English) Absurd, silly, or stupid; usually used in reference to ideas rather than people. 4 drunk. alt. 1 (context US English) Having both eyes oriented inward. 2 (context US English) crooked or askew. 3 (context US informal English) Absurd, silly, or stupid; usually used in reference to ideas rather than people. 4 drunk.

  1. adj. turned or twisted toward one side; "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton; "his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff" [syn: askew, awry(p), lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff]

  2. completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous" [syn: absurd, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous]

  3. very drunk [syn: besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, potty, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tiddly, tiddley, tight, tipsy, wet]


Cockeyed may refer to:

  • Crooked or askew; not level
  • An eye alignment disorder Strabismus
  • A website

Usage examples of "cockeyed".

Six two - over two hundred - hard as nails - a perfect hunk of man telling this whole damn cockeyed region of space that he's impotent, too!

It may be as cockeyed as Trenco’s ether – you’re to be the sole judge of that-but you’ll know I mean well, no matter how goofy it is.

As I said before, I may be cockeyed, but if my idea is any good at all that nullifier is the most important thing in the universe, and if word of it gets out it may be useless.

I still think that you and all the rest of the Court are cockeyed, but I’ll try not to let you down,” and the newly unattached Lensman blundered out.

No, even that assumption was wrong, for none of the walls met at neat angles, but at random, cockeyed ones.

And he wasn't even sure he could walk cockeyed, like a drunken mountain goat, to the spot where Candlemas stood.

We don't know exactly what's happening, but we do know that the big men, the secret moguls of Wall Street and the London Stock Exchange, the birds with the fat cigars and the names in -heim and -stein, who juggle the finances of this cockeyed world, are moving on some definite plan.

But, slight as Herzog is, the force of his jump is so great and the angle of his descent is so cockeyed that the impact on McFlynn causes the bigger man to stagger and spin around and begin to topple.

A V tail, slightly cockeyed, and the propeller, a ceiling fan, turning slower and slower as they descended.

And, in his stall, Judd's cockeyed little horse Clover, snapped in midchew, hay burgeoning from his rubbery-damp mouth.

Pictures sent down showed a smaller ship than any of ours, a bit cockeyed in the dish-shaped Gate, looking like an old-fashioned flying saucer with a minaretlike tower.

Because all knew of the crazy story that had been told by Hardrock Hennesey earlier tonight, a cockeyed yarn about a mummified man and a fog that burned.

Longarm reminded himself that Cockeyed Jack McCall had been taken for a harmless blowhard till he'd really gone and gunned Wild Bill in the Number Ten Saloon.

Just as no writer sounds like Shel, no other artist's vision is as delightfully, sophisticatedly cockeyed.

If they wanted us for anything they'd come and get us, but they wouldn't give a cockeyed tinker's damn for our money.