cock·​eyed | \ ˈkäk-ˌīd How to pronounce cockeyed (audio) \

Definition of cockeyed

1 : having a cockeye
2a : askew, awry
b : slightly crazy : topsy-turvy a cockeyed scheme

Other Words from cockeyed

cockeyedly \ ˈkäk-​ˌī(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce cockeyed (audio) \ adverb
cockeyedness \ ˈkäk-​ˌīd-​nəs How to pronounce cockeyed (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Still others are batty, squirrelly, bug-eyed, cockeyed cuckoos, who are mad as March hares, who are crazy as coots, loons, or bedbugs, who come at us like bats out of hell with their monkeyshines and drive us buggy with their horsing around. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 For that bit of cockeyed optimism, NASA has history on its side. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 This veteran writer is always amazed at how the overwhelming share of Wall Street guests on TV business shows adopt the role of perpetual, cockeyed optimists. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Such jubilance is a classic manifestation of crypto enthusiasts’ propensity for cockeyed optimism. Paul Blustein, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 Traditionally, these forecasters mainly form a herd of cockeyed bulls even when fundamentals suggest caution, as when shares show clear signs of being overpriced versus historical benchmarks. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 His right hand shakes, his arm is weak and his posture in the saddle has become cockeyed, yet his idea of taking care of himself is consulting a horse doctor. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 Her painful and cockeyed attempts to help Benny will resonate with anyone who ever parented a teenager. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 After a brief respite, after a few months of cockeyed optimism, COVID anxiety is back. Molly Jong-fas, Vogue, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cockeyed

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 2c

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4 May 2022

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“Cockeyed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cockeyed


cock·​eyed | \ ˈkäk-ˌīd How to pronounce cockeyed (audio) \

Kids Definition of cockeyed

1 : tilted to one side
2 : foolish a cockeyed plan


cock·​eyed | \ ˈkäk-ˈīd How to pronounce cockeyed (audio) \

Medical Definition of cockeyed

: having a cockeye

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