\ 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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Other Words from screwy

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
Recent Examples on the Web Things have gotten so screwy, censuring has become a coat of honor. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tatis deal another sign the Padres have moved to the adults table," 20 Feb. 2021 Because even this year, the Oscars will be a holiday celebrating the real Oz, the most creative, vibrant and screwy little town in all the world. Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times, "I heart the Oscars. Even with all the weirdness," 5 Jan. 2021 In recent years, people on the right have had some screwy ideas of manliness, equating it with belligerence and vulgarity. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘Macho, macho man,’ &c.," 16 Nov. 2020 An American Pickle is all the more interesting for its screwy universe where copies of A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster never stopped flying off shelves. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s," 3 Aug. 2020 Turning this screwy temple of madness into an elegant abode for her clients—a family of six—was going to be a heavy lift, but Loew was prepared. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "For This Renovation, They Ditched the Shark Tank Then Channeled Le Corbusier," 29 Apr. 2020 Praise to musical supervisor T-Bone Burnett for the screwy selections in this big laugher. Duane Bygre, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Big Lebowski': THR's 1998 Review," 6 Mar. 2020 His brilliant comedy mind was, by turns, smart, silly, surreal, slapsticky, sarcastic, saucy, sly, satirical, screwy and subversive — all, of course, served up with generous portions of Spam. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Terry Jones brought many gifts, including Spam, to the Monty Python lunacy machine," 25 Jan. 2020 Tom Arnold is a comic delight as Harry's screwy sidekick while Tia Carrere is perfectly cast as the exotic femme fatale. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'True Lies': THR's 1994 Review," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of screwy

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Screwy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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