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adjective, screw·i·er, screw·i·est. Slang.
  1. crazy; nutty: I think you're screwy, refusing an invitation to the governor's dinner.
  2. disconcertingly strange: There's something screwy about his story.
  3. absurdly peculiar or impractical; ridiculous: screwy ideas.

Origin of screwy

First recorded in 1810–20; screw + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • I had to move around into about sixteen screwy positions to do all the fixing.

  • They seemed to come in series of threes in this screwy place, he thought.

    Castle of Terror

    E.J. Liston

  • For some screwy reason I hoped she had another place to hole up for the night.

    Modus Vivendi

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • My sponsor and I had some pretty good sessions about it, and some of the screwy results I wrote you begin to make sense.

    On Handling the Data

    M. I. Mayfield

  • That'll make everyone skew all weird and screwy, and make everyone look guilty.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for screwy


adjective screwier or screwiest
  1. informal odd, crazy, or eccentric
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Word Origin and History for screwy

1820, "tipsy, slightly drunk," from screw (n.) + -y (2.). Sense of "crazy, ridiculous" first recorded 1887. Related: Screwily; screwiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper