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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Their life is ridiculous and, in its cockeyed way, idyllic. ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Where: Showtime When: 10 and 10:45 p.m. Los Angeles Times, "‘Florida Man’ is so over. On TV, Florida women are having their day," 23 Aug. 2019 To its credit, Stranger Things 3 approaches mall culture from a cockeyed perspective. Darren Franich,, "The ending of Stranger Things 3 proves the limits of nostalgia: EW review, with spoilers," 4 July 2019 Sooner or later, the long, hard hours in the studio had a way of turning even cockeyed optimists into pragmatists. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "A Master of Mute Forms," 7 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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