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