catawampus

noun
cat·​a·​wam·​pus
plural -es

Definition of catawampus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dialectal
: an imaginary fierce wild animal : bogey

catawampus

adjective
variants: or less commonly catawampous \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗pəs \

Definition of catawampus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 dialectal : fierce, savage, destructive
2 dialectal : askew, awry, cater-cornered

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History and Etymology for catawampus

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 25 Jan. 2022.

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