or cock·a·ma·my

[ kok-uh-mey-mee ]
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  1. ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical: full of wild schemes and cockamamie ideas.

Origin of cockamamie

Probably earlier than 1940–45, Americanism; in its original sense, “paper strip with an image which could be transferred to the skin when moistened,” apparently alteration of decalcomania; the current sense “ridiculous” probably by association with cock-and-bull story, poppycock, etc.

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British Dictionary definitions for cockamamie


/ (ˌkɒkəˈmeɪmɪ) /

  1. slang, mainly US ridiculous or nonsensical: a cockamamie story

Origin of cockamamie

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

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