catawampus

1 of 2

noun

cat·​a·​wam·​pus
plural -es
dialectal
: an imaginary fierce wild animal : bogey

catawampus

2 of 2

adjective

variants or less commonly catawampous
¦⸗⸗¦⸗pəs
1
dialectal : fierce, savage, destructive
2
dialectal : askew, awry, cater-cornered

Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably alteration of catamount

Adjective

probably by folk etymology from catercorner

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“Catawampus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catawampus. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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