cockeyed

adjective
cock·​eyed | \ˈkäk-ˌīd \

Definition of cockeyed 

1 : having a cockeye

2a : askew, awry

b : slightly crazy : topsy-turvy a cockeyed scheme

c : drunk sense 1a

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Other Words from cockeyed

cockeyedly \ ˈkäk-​ˌī(-​ə)d-​lē \ adverb
cockeyedness \ -​ˌīd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of cockeyed in a Sentence

The windows of the house look cockeyed. Where did you get those cockeyed ideas? She is full of cockeyed optimism.
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Trump’s illiberalism—his cockeyed expressions of admiration for such leaders as Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Rodrigo Duterte, and his heedless detachment from American norms—betrays that faith. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and the Stress Test of Liberal Democracy," 13 Mar. 2017 Beetles in various states of repair are parked around the place, some sitting cockeyed with busted lights and flattened tires. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Bugging Out In Plymouth," 22 June 2017 Director Lynne Ramsay delivers the movie (a brief 89 minutes) in a mad jumble of filters and colors and angles — fake-out scenes, flashbacks and cockeyed action sequences. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "You Were Never Really Here," 11 Apr. 2018 The three women eventually band together with a wacky plan to take control of their destinies, and the journey is an alchemic mix of cockeyed optimism, admirable grit, and empowering song-and-dance numbers. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "Three women fight back against sexual harassment—1970s style—in 9 to 5 the Musical.," 19 Apr. 2018 The state launched two exceeding long shots, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, to the White House, giving each a look and listen when sophisticates elsewhere treated their campaigns as the stuff of cockeyed fantasy. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "Eric Garcetti, presidential long shot, journeys to Iowa, the land of dreams," 15 Apr. 2018 Here, based on dozens of hours of screening — or in a few cases, cockeyed optimism — are some of the most promising series, new and returning: Outlander (8 p.m. Sunday, Starz). Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "TV: 28 shows to watch this fall," 6 Sep. 2017 Put lid back on slightly cockeyed and crank heat again until second side is browned, 2–3 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Bacon-y Carnitas Tacos," 3 Oct. 2017 All of this goes into Vaughn’s cockeyed pop-culture Cuisinart (much as henchmen go into Poppy’s meat grinder). Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cockeyed

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cockeyed was in 1821

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cockeyed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cockeyed

: turned or tilted to one side : not straight

: crazy or foolish

cockeyed

adjective
cock·​eyed | \ˈkäk-ˌīd \

Kids Definition of cockeyed

1 : tilted to one side

2 : foolish a cockeyed plan

cockeyed

adjective
cock·​eyed | \ˈkäk-ˈīd \

Medical Definition of cockeyed 

: having a cockeye

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