Something that's off-kilter, crooked, or strangely twisted is cockeyed. If the cockeyed pictures on your grandparents' wall drive you crazy, you may need to go around their house straightening them all.

If your hat's on cockeyed, it's askew, leaning to one side, and if the lights on your friend's Christmas tree are cockeyed, they're drooping in a lopsided way. Something that doesn't make sense or isn't believable can also be called cockeyed: "Then he told this cockeyed story about having lunch with the President." In the 1920s and 30s, the word also meant "drunk." It started out, in the 19th century, meaning "squint-eyed."

Definitions of cockeyed
  1. adjective
    turned or twisted toward one side
    synonyms: askew, awry, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
    having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
  2. adjective
    incongruous;inviting ridicule
    “that's a cockeyed idea”
    synonyms: absurd, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous
    devoid of good sense or judgment
  3. adjective
    very drunk
    drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
    stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
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