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[skroo-ee] /ˈskru i/
adjective, screwier, screwiest. Slang.
crazy; nutty:
I think you're screwy, refusing an invitation to the governor's dinner.
disconcertingly strange:
There's something screwy about his story.
absurdly peculiar or impractical; ridiculous:
screwy ideas.
Origin of screwy
First recorded in 1810-20; screw + -y1 Unabridged
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  • I had to move around into about sixteen screwy positions to do all the fixing.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • They seemed to come in series of threes in this screwy place, he thought.

    Castle of Terror E.J. Liston
  • For some screwy reason I hoped she had another place to hole up for the night.

    Modus Vivendi Gordon Randall Garrett
  • My sponsor and I had some pretty good sessions about it, and some of the screwy results I wrote you begin to make sense.

    On Handling the Data

    M. I. Mayfield
  • That'll make everyone skew all weird and screwy, and make everyone look guilty.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Maybe it's because at times (though certainly not—I hope—on as permanent a basis as Artie) I'm as screwy as he is.

    Double or Nothing Jack Sharkey
  • Because every screwy thing that has happened since we came here a year ago must have an explanation.

    The Minus Woman Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • This time they ain't none of them screwy Venusians to put the whammy on him, and he's doing okay.

  • Something in us was different, unrelated; I don't doubt that Tweel thought me just as screwy as I thought him.

    A Martian Odyssey Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
British Dictionary definitions for screwy


adjective screwier, screwiest
(informal) odd, crazy, or eccentric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for screwy

1820, "tipsy, slightly drunk," from screw (n.) + -y (2.). Sense of "crazy, ridiculous" first recorded 1887. Related: Screwily; screwiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for screwy



Very eccentric; crazy; nutty, screwball: Newspaper guys are mostly screwy

[1887+; fr the gait of a drunk person suggested by the twistiness of a screw thread, whence the various senses of deviation; influenced by the notion of having a screw loose in one's head]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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