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

Definition of screwy

1 : crazily absurd, eccentric, or unusual

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of screwy

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2020

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“Screwy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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