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catawampus

noun cat·a·wam·pus

Definition of catawampus

plural

-es

dialectal

  1. :  an imaginary fierce wild animal :  bogey

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Origin and Etymology of catawampus

probably alteration of catamount


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catawampus

adjective cat·a·wam·pus
variants: less commonly

catawampous

Definition of catawampus

  1. 1 dialectal :  fierce, savage, destructive

  2. 2 dialectal :  askew, awry, cater-cornered

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Origin and Etymology of catawampus

probably by folk etymology from catercorner


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