[ kok-ahyd ]
/ ˈkɒkˌaɪd /


having a squinting eye.
twisted, tilted, or slanted to one side.
  1. foolish; absurd.
  2. intoxicated; drunk.
  3. completely wrong.

Origin of cockeyed

1715–25; cock2 (v.) + eyed
Related formscock·eyed·ly [kok-ahyd-lee, -ahy-id-] /ˈkɒkˌaɪd li, -ˌaɪ ɪd-/, adverbcock·eyed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cockeyed


/ (ˈkɒkˌaɪd) /

adjective informal

afflicted with cross-eye, squint, or any other visible abnormality of the eyes
appearing to be physically or logically abnormal, absurd, etc; crooked; askewcockeyed ideas
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Word Origin and History for cockeyed



1821, "squint-eyed," perhaps from cock (v.) in some sense + eye (n.). Figurative sense of "absurd, askew, crazy" is from 1896; that of "drunk" is attested from 1926.

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