screwed

[ skrood ]
/ skrud /

adjective

fastened with screws.
having grooves like a screw; threaded.
twisted; awry.
Slang. bilked; cheated.
Chiefly British Slang. drunk; intoxicated.

Nearby words

  1. screw-off,
  2. screw-on,
  3. screw-top,
  4. screwball,
  5. screwdriver,
  6. screwed up,
  7. screwhead,
  8. screwpine,
  9. screwplate,
  10. screwup

Origin of screwed

First recorded in 1640–50; screw + -ed2

Origin of screw

1375–1425; late Middle English scrwe, screw(e) (noun); compare Middle French escro(ue) nut, Middle Dutch schrûve, Middle High German schrûbe screw

Related formsscrew·a·ble, adjectivescrew·er, nounscrew·less, adjectivescrew·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for screwed

screwed

/ (skruːd) /

adjective

fastened by a screw or screws
having spiral grooves like a screw; threaded
twisted or distorted
British a slang word for drunk

screw

/ (skruː) /

noun

verb

See also screw up

Derived Formsscrewer, nounscrewlike, adjective

Word Origin for screw

C15: from French escroe, from Medieval Latin scrōfa screw, from Latin: sow, presumably because the thread of the screw is like the spiral of the sow's tail

usage

The use of this otherwise utilitarian word in a sexual sense, though recorded in an 18th century slang dictionary, does not appear to have really taken off until well into the 20th. Although a classic example of the anatomical metaphor for the sex act seen from the male point of view, it can be used as a transitive verb by women, which suggests that the metaphor is all but dead

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Word Origin and History for screwed
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Idioms and Phrases with screwed

screw

In addition to the idioms beginning with screw

  • screw around
  • screw loose
  • screw someone out of
  • screw up
  • screw up one's courage
  • screw you

also see:

  • have a screw loose
  • pluck (screw) up one's courage
  • tighten the screws
  • turn up the heat (put the screws on)
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