or cock·a·ma·my

[ kok-uh-mey-mee ]
/ ˈkɒk əˌmeɪ mi /

adjective Slang.

ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical: full of wild schemes and cockamamie ideas.

Nearby words

  1. cock-of-the-rock,
  2. cockabully,
  3. cockade,
  4. cockaigne,
  5. cockalorum,
  6. cockapoo,
  7. cockatiel,
  8. cockatoo,
  9. cockatrice,
  10. cockayne

Origin of cockamamie

probably earlier than 1940–45, Americanism; in orig. sense, paper strip with an image which could be transferred to the skin when moistened, apparently alteration of decalcomania; sense “ridiculous” probably by association with cock-and-bull story, poppycock, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cockamamie


/ (ˌkɒkəˈmeɪmɪ) /


slang, mainly US ridiculous or nonsensicala cockamamie story

Word Origin for cockamamie

C20: in an earlier sense: a paper transfer, prob. a variant of decalcomania

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Word Origin and History for cockamamie



American English slang word attested by 1946, popularized c.1960, but said to be New York City children's slang from mid-1920s; perhaps an alteration of decalcomania (see decal).

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