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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Definitions for antigodlin

  1. lopsided or at an angle; out of alignment.
  2. diagonal or cater-cornered.

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Citations for antigodlin
This was moved so as to make it set, as the witness expressed it, "antigodlin." ... we suppose he meant that it was set diagonally to the window after being moved so as to permit the party to pass between the side of the box and the window. Rudolph Kleberg, "Frank Fields v. The State," The Texas Criminal Reports, Volume 61, 1911
When the ecology of the environment is out of sorts ("anti-godlin" as my mountain neighbors might say, referring to anything that is out of balance or out of plumb or that goes against God and the laws of nature), we also see symptoms ... Thomas Rain Crowe, Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods, 2005
Origin of antigodlin
British dialect
Antigodlin is an adjective used chiefly in the American South and West. The origin of the word is unclear, but it may be a combination of the familiar prefix anti- “against, opposite” and godlin or goglin, a variant pronunciation of goggling, the present participle of goggle, in the archaic sense “to squint” and originally meaning “twisted to one side, cockeyed.” The form godlin may also be reinforced by the folk etymology “against God.” Antigodlin entered English in the early 20th century.