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[kok-ahyd] /ˈkɒkˌaɪd/
having a squinting eye.
twisted, tilted, or slanted to one side.
  1. foolish; absurd.
  2. intoxicated; drunk.
  3. completely wrong.
Origin of cockeyed
1715-25; cock2 (v.) + eyed
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[kok-ahyd-lee, -ahy-id-] /ˈkɒkˌaɪd li, -ˌaɪ ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
cockeyedness, noun
4a. ridiculous, preposterous, insane, nutty, cockamamie, weird. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cockeyed
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  • It wouldn't do to get cockeyed drunk now, out of respect to the ladies.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • There's no telling what can happen next in this cockeyed world.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • For some cockeyed reason, I thought of it when Anti was out there.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • The other was cockeyed, half its gears set higher than the other half.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Half the stuff you see in the papers these days is cockeyed.

  • But it was like trying to wake himself up out of the middle of a crazy, cockeyed dream.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Maybe it's just a cockeyed dream, and I'm going to wake up stone dead!

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • I was cockeyed enough to follow Miller's example and found out how much it really hurt.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • After only two weeks on the job, on a strange planet ninety light-years from home, you don't tell your boss he's cockeyed.

    Exploiter's End James Causey
British Dictionary definitions for cockeyed


adjective (informal)
afflicted with cross-eye, squint, or any other visible abnormality of the eyes
appearing to be physically or logically abnormal, absurd, etc; crooked; askew: cockeyed ideas
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Word Origin and History for cockeyed

1821, "squint-eyed," perhaps from cock (v.) in some sense + eye (n.). Figurative sense of "absurd, askew, crazy" is from 1896; that of "drunk" is attested from 1926.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cockeyed



  1. Crosseyed; walleyed; strabismic (1820+)
  2. razy; weird; all wrong; screwy: Anybody who thinks I'm kidding is cockeyed/ In this cockeyed caravan called the 90s (1930s+)
  3. Drunk: He is in a doghouse at home on account of coming home cockeyed on his wedding anniversary (1722+)
  4. Unconscious: Izzy knocks him cockeyed (1920s+)
  5. Genuine; absolute; fucking: You're a cockeyed wonder, you know that? (1920s+)


Askew; crooked; Slonchways: He put his hat on cockeyed and got a polite chuckle (1910s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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