\ ˈskrü-ē How to pronounce screwy (audio) \
screwier; screwiest

Definition of screwy

1 : crazily absurd, eccentric, or unusual
2 : crazy, insane

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screwiness noun

Examples of screwy in a Sentence

I knew something was screwy. the counterfeit bills are poorly done and would look screwy to even the untrained eye

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Things get a bit screwy at No. 4 with Rays outfielder Mallex Smith, and then revert to the expected with Tommy Pham at No. 5. Michael Beller,, "The Table Setter: Your April All-Stars Are ... Mitch Haniger and Jed Lowrie?," 30 Apr. 2018 The story of why it’s taken more than 70 years to ID Hitler’s teeth is as screwy as the Fuhrer’s teeth, themselves. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hitler’s Teeth Confirm He Died in 1945," 22 May 2018 To Tawada — the acclaimed author of tender, screwy parables about outsiderdom — we are clad in language. New York Times, "After Disaster, Japan Seals Itself Off From the World in ‘The Emissary’," 17 Apr. 2018 And yet even before your very first sip, there’s one screwy bit of physics that’s hard to deny: the bubbles in your glass of stout appear to be sinking. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Do Some Beer Bubbles Appear to Defy Physics? Science Finally Has an Answer," 16 Apr. 2018 Yu Darvish's deal is just the latest example of how screwy MLB's current econimics are. Jon Tayler,, "Troubling Offseason Trend Continues as Cubs Snag Yu Darvish at Reduced Rate," 10 Feb. 2018 But the Rockets fully understand the screwy logic of the present-day NBA. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "The Rockets Are Exactly the Kind of Wake-Up Call the Warriors Need," 15 Mar. 2018 As Stein's Marcus works through the complications posed by Saffert's screwy suspects, there's never a dull moment. Richard Wattenberg,, "Musical comedy 'Murder for Two' opens with a bang and doesn't let up," 1 Feb. 2018 This is typical of the Haims’ screwy charm, which is obvious in their hyper, jokey interviews and stage performances, and in the group’s backstory of having learned to perform doing covers with their parents in a family group called Rockinhaim. Carl Wilson, Slate Magazine, "On Haim’s New Album Something to Tell You, the Band of Sisters Is Better Than Ever," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of screwy

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of screwy was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of screwy

: different from what you expect because of being strange or unusual
: not sensible or reasonable


\ ˈskrü-ē How to pronounce screwy (audio) \
screwier; screwiest

Kids Definition of screwy

1 : oddly different and unfamiliar

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to form ideas or theories about something

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