Definition of cockeyed in English:


Syllabification: cock·eyed
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkˈīd


  • 1Crooked or askew; not level: cockeyed camera angles
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    • There is a cedar wreath with dried flowers leaning at a cockeyed angle against the cross.
    • Looking at the assembly, it obviously was cockeyed, which would have caused uneven wear and tear on the seal over time, with ultimate failure.
    • Her ponytail is cockeyed, and it makes her head look off, swollen slightly over her ear.
    crooked, awry, askew, lopsided, tilted, off-center, skewed, skew, misaligned
  • 1.1Absurd; impractical: do you expect us to believe a cockeyed story like that?
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    • I would have thought that suburbanites would be the very last to indulge in such a cockeyed fanciful endeavour.
    • Does this readiness to invest in so-called safety devices represent sheer barking madness or a rather admirable brand of cockeyed optimism?
    • After 17 years of European style instrument making, he finally came up with a product, which is a hybrid mixture of discipline, practicality and Australian cockeyed optimism.
  • 1.2Drunk: I got cockeyed
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    • Why lounge around in a bar, spending money, when you could get cockeyed on the clock while dollars rolled into your pocket?
    • In the middle of filming of the movie, he arrived on the set weaving and cockeyed.
  • 1.3(Of a person or a person’s eyes) having a squint.
  • 1.4Cross-eyed.


early 19th century: apparently from the verb cock1 and eye. The sense 'drunk' (originally US) dates from the 1920s.

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