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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Now if I sound screwy telling you this, then I must be screwy.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I had to move around into about sixteen screwy positions to do all the fixing.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • Because every screwy thing that has happened since we came here a year ago must have an explanation.

    The Minus Woman Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • They seemed to come in series of threes in this screwy place, he thought.

    Castle of Terror E.J. Liston
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lets get Morgan and find out what the college professors can tell us about this screwy thing.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • There must be a simpler hypothesis; I refuse to believe your screwy notions without some real evidence.

    Sentiment, Inc. Poul William Anderson
  • That'll make everyone skew all weird and screwy, and make everyone look guilty.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
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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