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

Synonyms for cockeyed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cockeyed

Contemporary Examples of cockeyed

Historical Examples of cockeyed

  • Anyway, in this cockeyed war you can look for enemy agents any place, and usually find them.

  • But it was like trying to wake himself up out of the middle of a crazy, cockeyed dream.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • And I sure would like to know what is the next move in this cockeyed arrangement of things?

  • Except on the one subject of that cockeyed invention of his, he behaved perfectly normally.

    Gone Fishing

    James H. Schmitz

  • Well, I'd had the cockeyed kind of luck to go bald at 25 and I'd been playing old men ever since.

    The Old Die Rich

    Horace Leonard Gold

British Dictionary definitions for cockeyed


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper