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

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Other Words from cockeyed

cockeyedly \ ˈkäk-​ˌī(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce cockeyedly (audio) \ adverb
cockeyedness \ ˈkäk-​ˌīd-​nəs How to pronounce cockeyedness (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.
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Meanwhile, Uranus’s entire polar region is currently ensconced in white, like a cockeyed celestial skullcap. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus," 9 Feb. 2019 The man is thoughtful and appealing, but his account is riddled with cockeyed inconsistencies. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Third Murder’ Review: Mystery and a Master’s Vision," 2 Aug. 2018 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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "TV: 28 shows to watch this fall," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cockeyed

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cockeyed

: turned or tilted to one side : not straight
: crazy or foolish


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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